Coventry & Warwickshire

Atherstone Police Station and court sold for housing

Atherstone Police Station and Magistrates' Court site
Image caption It is believed £630,000 was offered for the Atherstone Police Station and Magistrates' Court site

A police station and court are to be replaced by houses, after their sale was agreed.

Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire County Council have accepted an offer for Atherstone Police Station and the former Atherstone Magistrates' Court.

It is expected the buildings will be demolished and the site, on Sheepy Street, developed for residential use.

A report submitted to the Police and Crime Commissioner said the offer was for £630,000.

Borrowing costs

Image caption Atherstone Police Station and court were said to have high running costs

The closure of the magistrates' court and police station were part of the development of the Warwickshire Justice Centres in Nuneaton and Leamington Spa.

In September 2012 North Warwickshire Borough Council granted outline planning consent for the plot's residential development.

A report from the Chief Executive to the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Gore, said capital from the sale would be used to reduce borrowing costs.

It said the buildings had annual running costs of £103,000 and required repairs estimated to cost of £455,000.

Police said public safety would not be affected by the sale and "the public will see no difference in policing in the town".

The Safer Neighbourhood Team will continue to be based in Old Bank House and public enquiries will still be taken at the North Warwickshire Borough Council offices.

Clive Phillips, head of estates for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said he was "delighted" at the sale and said facilities had been improved at the Warwickshire Justice Centre Nuneaton.

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