Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has received planning permission from Epping Forest District Council for a new £4.5 million airbase.

The new facility will be based in North Weald, securing their future as a charity thanks to a one-off grant of £1.5 million from the Government.

Construction of the building will begin next year and is scheduled to be complete during winter 2020.

Jane Gurney, chief executive officer at EHAAT said: “This is fantastic news. A lot of hard work has gone into these plans over many months, so it is great news to get the green light.

“The new building will give us security of tenure and will result in significant cost savings compared to leasing a new building built to the same specification.”

Epping Forest Guardian:

The new airbase for Essex & Herts Air Amublance is expected to be completed by 2020.

As well as facilities for aircraft, vehicles and aircrew, the building will include space for training, mentoring, patient liaison and cross training with other emergency services.

A visitor centre will also be installed to allow EHAAT engage with their supporters and work closely with EHAAT Hertfordshire Fundraising Team and their clinical colleagues.

In addition to the proposed new airbase charity is also undertaking improvement works to the facilities at its Earls Colne Airbase.

For news and updates on the new base, see: