Demolition work under way at Sunderland fire station which survived WWII bombing ahead of housing development build

This is what the site of the former Fulwell Fire Station looks like as work continues to clear the site ready for a new housing development.

Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 12:17 pm

The large tower at Fulwell Fire Station has now been pulled down as work is ongoing to demolish the rest of the building.

The station served the community up until October 2015, when crews moved to the newly built base in Marley Park.

It opened in April 1942 during the Second World War and part of it was struck by a bomb a fortnight after it had opened.

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Section of the former fire station have already been reduced to rubble.

The amount it was sold for was not disclosed.

Late last year, Sunderland City Council approved plans to use the space, which measures 0.67 hectares, to build apartments.

Demolition work is underway on the site of the old Fulwell Fire Station.

It had hoped to build 32 apartments in two blocks, but reduced the scale of the plans to 28 apartment in a single four-storey building following concerns from neighbours, who also added they had worries about an increase in traffic using the main road.

Parking was also part of the application, along with permission to knock down the former fire station.

To reduce the impact of the new flats, the company was told it will be expected to pledge cash under a section 106 legal agreement.

This will include £24,883 towards primary, secondary and special education in the area, £48,000 for offsite affordable housing, a further £19,628 for new or improved play facilities in the Fulwell community, while an extra £15,932 will be provided for monitoring protected nature sites.

An aerial photograph shared by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service as if confirmed it had sold the former Fulwell Fire Station site.

The committee was told at that stage the final say on the plan rested with the council’s executive director of city development, with the approval notice issued on December 20.

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The site on Station Road in Fulwell as it looked this week.
The land is set to be used to buil 28 apartments.
The demolition of the fire station was approved as part of plans to build apartments on the site.
A photo from the archives shows Mayor Councillor Myers Wayman opening the station on April 7, 1942. Part of it would be damaged by a high-explosion bomb which was dropped over the site a fortnight later.
The station pictured while it was still operational in 2013.