THE fire station building in Bewdley has gone up for sale, with the potential to be developed into 15 new homes.

The station in Dog Lane, which is set to close later this year when Wyre Forest's fire services are centralised at the new emergency services hub in Kidderminster, is being advertised for sale for an undisclosed price by property consultants Harris Lamb.

Part of the site also comprised a medical centre, which was demolished, while the rest of the land is currently used for parking.

The land is listed as being suitable for a mixed-use redevelopment, including community use, residential and retail.

The pre-submission Local Plan allocates the site for a residential development, with an indicative capacity of 15 dwellings. It is considered to be in a sustainable location for new homes, with easy access to services and facilities.

Campaigners, including local residents and Wyre Forest Labour, have previously fought against the station's closure over fears it could increase response times and potentially put lives at risk.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service's plans will see fire crews from the current Bewdley, Stourport and Kidderminster stations moved to a new £7.6 million Wyre Forest Fire Service and Police Hub in Station Road.

The fire service says it will result in smarter risk prevention activity, closer sharing of operational intelligence and improved incident response activity.

The hub is expected to be completed late this year.