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Warwickshire police retirement home idea for force HQ

Warwickshire Police headquarters
Image caption The force first used the building in 1949

An exhibition is being held about proposals to redevelop Warwickshire Police's former headquarters.

Since announcing plans to leave its Leek Wootton base, developers specialising in retirement villages have shown interest in the site.

The police authority has said it will submit a planning application to determine whether outline planning permission could be secured.

On 29 July it will hold an exhibition so the public can learn more.

The Leek Wootton headquarters has been the force's home since 1949.

The force confirmed in January the headquarters would be sold off as part of cost-saving measures to save more than £20m.

Oliver Winters, chief executive of Warwickshire Police Authority, said: "It should be recognised that this proposal is just one possibility for the future redevelopment of Woodcote.

"If, upon marketing, the preferred interest intends to develop the site for alternative proposals then it will be necessary for that interested party to obtain a new grant of planning permission."

The exhibition will be from 15:30 to 19:30 BST at Woodcote House, in Leek Wootton.

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