Green light for fire station plan

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Plans for a joint fire station for Batley and Dewsbury have been given the go-ahead.

The new station and training unit will be built in Carlton Road, Batley Carr.

It will replace the existing site at Carlinghow Lane in Batley, which serves Heckmondwike and parts of Liversedge, and Dewsbury Fire Station.

West Yorkshire Fire Service plans to demolish the existing Meadow Mills building on the site.

It will put a fully functional fire station and five storey training tower in its place.

Kirklees planning officers gave conditional approval to the proposals last Friday.

The new station is part of an £18m plan announced in December 2011 to help the fire service save £4m a year.

It includes replacing 10 stations across the county with five new ones.

It will mean the loss of 24 jobs, but this is expected to be done through retirements.