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New headquarters plans for air ambulance approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Air base and headquarters / Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Shropshire Council has granted full planning permission for a purpose-built airbase and charity headquarters for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

The development will see a final approach and take-off area (FATO), helicopter hangar, offices, aircrew accommodation, and a state-of-the-art clinical training simulation suite delivered in Cosford, Shropshire.

The airbase and headquarters will have a limited impact on the surrounding area but meets the need for future advanced patient care in the region.  

It will help to address several challenges facing the air ambulance service in the region, including the annual rising demand for on-scene patient care; the increased complexity of patient needs requiring specialist skills, medicines and equipment; and the lack of sufficient training facilities for the critical care paramedics and pre-hospital emergency medicine doctors.

Hanna Sebright, chief executive of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Over our 30-year history, our charity has been driven by a commitment to continuously improve advanced pre-hospital patient care across the Midlands.

“Our new airbase and charity headquarters will be a vital development for the whole of the Midlands region and will feature clinical training facilities, which are fundamental to delivering the advanced training programmes required for our clinicians.”

Planning consultancy Turley acted on behalf of the charity.

Owen Francis, director at Turley, said: “Following in-depth consultations, we had the full support of the parish council, local MPs and all statutory and non-statutory consultees. This was a great achievement that also demonstrated just how vital this new airbase and headquarters will be for the whole of the Midlands area.”

Work is scheduled to start this spring.

Image credit | Midlands Air Ambulance Charity