New £10.5m health hub and ambulance station in Bakewell given green light

Planning permission has been granted to construct a brand new health hub and ambulance station in Bakewell.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 3:08 pm
An artist's impression of the new buildings

The plans were approved at a meeting of the Peak Park Authority planning committee on Friday (16 April), paving the way for the nearly £10.5 million health care regeneration scheme for the local community with building designs which are also sympathetic to the heritage of the area.

The scheme is a partnership between Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust to provide a base for a range of community health services and a new ambulance station serving Bakewell and the Derbyshire Dales.

William Jones, chief operating officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is fantastic news and means everything is now in place for us to proceed with appointing a contractor to begin the development. We have worked closely with the Peak District National Park Authority to ensure our designs are sympathetic to the heritage of the area while also providing a building which is suitable to meet the needs of 21 st century community-based healthcare. This marks a big milestone in bringing this project to life.”

Samantha Westwell, ambulance operations manager for East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust in Derbyshire said: “This is a really exciting step in the development of the new health hub for Bakewell. We have been working closely in partnership with Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust for quite some time now to make sure this development reflects our commitment to providing the best service to the community and our patients.

“Not only will this new building and its modern facilities be such an improvement on our old ambulance station, but by physically sharing a space together it will undoubtedly build on our relationships and understanding of one another’s organisations and work we do to support our communities.”

Building work is expected to start on site later in 2021 with an anticipated construction timescale of 14 months from the first spade being put in the ground.