Concerns over plans to build new homes on Rugby ambulance site

Rugby Ambulance Station
Rugby Ambulance Station

Plans for 29 homes to be built on the former Rugby ambulance station site are likely to be approved – despite concerns about the its suitability.

The premises is being vacated as part of a reorganisation of ambulance services in Rugby, and Solihull-based Waterloo Housing Group wants to build houses and flats on the land, in Brownsover Lane.

But ward councillor Claire Edwards has lodged a formal objection to the proposal.

Her concerns, listed in an official report, include a lack of play areas for children, the “high density” of the homes, the effect of the development on the surrounding rural area, an increase in traffic and a lack of emergency access.

But planning officer Karen McCulloch recommends that councillors should approve the plan.

In her report, she states: “The site is sustainably located and is an appropriate location for development. The proposal would also result in the redevelopment of a previously developed site for a wholly affordable housing development scheme.”

Rugby Borough Council’s planning committee is due to discuss the matter tonight (Wednesday).

See tomorrow for the outcome.



*The ambulance station in Brownsover Lane has now closed.

*It is being replaced by two smaller ‘ambulance posts’ in the town

*One of these, serving the south of Rugby, is already in use at the Hospital of St Cross

*The other, serving the north of the town, will be based at the Avon industrial estate in Butlers Leap. It received planning permission last month

Authorities say the changes will mean ambulances can respond to emergencies more quickly