A major training centre for ambulance staff could be opened in Mansfield after the plans were given the go-ahead.
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) may convert the main building of the i2 Centre on Oakham Business Park into a ‘centre of education excellence for clinical training’.
EMAS have agreed with M7 Real Estates Ltd to lease the 35,000 sq ft space, but because it does fit within the intended business use of the building, a change-of-use application was required.
The entire building would be utilised by EMAS, with around one-third being earmarked for staff training and the remainder for office purposes.
It is also proposed that one of eight terraced industrial units on the site would be used by EMAS.
There were no objections to the plans and council officers recommended that they be granted permission.
As a result, it was unanimously passed with all members of Mansfield District Council’s planning committee voting in favour.
The floor space in the modern building off Hamilton Way has been vacant for at least two years.
Once up and running, EMAS say it could teach, in conjunction with university partners, up to 80 students a day by 20 tutors.
There are more than 220 car parking spaces on the site, which is deemed as adequate for the centre’s needs.
It is thought that many students would use public transport to reach the centre.
In a statement prepared on behalf of M7 Real Estates Ltd, it reads: “The training is currently provided across different addresses, including the ambulance depot on Sutton Road.
“The centre would provide training for paramedics, technicians and other clinical staff.
“This planning application is key to the delivery of better health care training.
“It will from an essential part of the ambulance service’s commitment to high-quality care to the public.”
EMAS says they will now liaise with architects to find out if the premises meets their needs and can be converted appropriately.
If they do, further, more-detailed plans will be submitted.