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Chance to buy Leeds police station

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  • by Jonathan Brown
 

Property hunters looking to lay down the law could own their own Leeds police station.

Holbeck Police Station, in Burton Road, Holbeck, has been put on the market by West Yorkshire Police (WYP) ahead of moving officers to a £35m purpose-built City and Holbeck Division headquarters at Elland Road next year.

Estate agents Sanderson Weatherall are advertising the 2.1acre Holbeck Police Station site, which features office space as well as a gym, locker rooms, reception and welfare facilities, for sale on its website. The firm describe the property as being “suited to either a refurbishment project or alternatively wholesale redevelopment for a variety of uses including residential and retail” subject to planning consent.

The new Elland Road facility, which will replace the Holbeck and Millgarth police stations, is expected to open in April.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds district commander at WYP, said that the Holbeck and Millgarth facilities are no longer fit for purpose and are due to close after the new building at Elland Road opens. The structure of policing in the city recently changed from three divisions to one Leeds district division, so the new police station will help bring a number of departments together under one roof.

Chief Supt Money said: “We remain firmly committed to keeping neighbourhood policing officers based in the heart of local communities where they can serve local people best.

“As part of the work to develop the new operating model, we are looking at opportunities to co-locate officers alongside partner agencies so they can work more closely together to address local issues.”

The force will also maintain a publicly-accessible city centre station using the refurbished Leeds Bridewell facility, in Park Street.

 

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