Police stations at Tuckswood in Norwich and Bowthorpe could be turned into homes as part of cost-cutting plans
PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 11 February 2018
Former police stations in Norwich and Bowthorpe could be sold and turned into housing as part of major police cost-cutting plans, it has emerged.
Tuckswood Police Station and Bowthorpe Police Station could both be redeveloped and turned into residential properties after police revealed they are to be sold as part of a major shake-up.
Papers which went before a Police Accountability Forum in Wymondham this month revealed that at both sites, Norwich-based architects Chaplin Farrant “have undertaken practical investigations of the sites in preparation for the submission of planning applications for future sale and residential redevelopment” the sites.
Both projects are part of a wide-ranging estates strategy embarked on as part of a major police review dubbed Norfolk 2020.
Launched in 2015, the review looked to develop the best way in which the constabulary come up with a new model for 21st century policing which could deliver effective and efficient policing against unprecedented increases in complex crimes such as adult and child abuse, sexual offences and cyber-crime, while achieving £10m of savings before 2020.
As part of the estates strategy other stations will close, go, or be used by police and other blue light services like fire and ambulance.
While other stations, like Bethel Street in Norwich, will undergo major revamps.
Meanwhile, police have confirmed seven Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs) will close at the end of next month.
The closures of PEOs in Hunstanton, Downham Market, Thetford, Dereham, Fakenham, Cromer and North Walsham followed a major review which found a drop in use.
The plan will help the force save £320,000 worth of savings. Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Norwich (Bethel Street) PEOs will remain open.
Police will hold “engagement surgeries” on a regular basis across the county.