Leeds police HQ plans revealed

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This is the first image of a new police station that is set to become the nerve centre of crime-fighting in Leeds.

The artist’s impression shows the 12,500 sq m site on Elland Road – opposite Leeds United’s ground – on what used to be a greyhound track.

It has been produced as part of the planning application for a new headquarters for West Yorkshire Police’s City and Holbeck division.

The force has £200m plans to build three new state-of-the-art buildings in Wakefield and Normanton as well as Elland Road.

The Elland Road station would employ 750 police staff, have 40 cells, a 24-hour public help desk and a “rooftop courtyard” used for staff breaks.

The planning application said the division’s current city centre police facilities were inadequate.

It said: “Existing WYP facilities are located at Millgarth and Bridewell, within the city centre which creates operational difficulties for deployment and massing for large events.

“In order to support the whole city and the Holbeck division, a new purpose-built facility is required and this will need to be strategically located.”

The application added that the new building would mean officers could work more efficiently, allowing them to spend more time on the beat.

It said: “The proposal will help the West Yorkshire Police to achieve the Government’s strategic goals by increasing efficiencies at the core of its operations and returning uniformed officers to front-line patrol duties.”

Outline planning permission for the scheme has already been granted. Subject to full planning permission, building work is due to start next year, with the new police station opening in 2014.

Consultation events are now taking place with the public.

A spokeswoman said: “The meetings will enable communities to be kept up-to-date on the plans and will enable residents to air their views.”

The next event is in The Reaney Suite at Elland Road football ground next Monday, March 5, from 7pm.