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Suffolk police HQ could be sold for housing development

Suffolk Police's Ipswich HQ could be sold to a homes developer.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, is considering the sale of the Martlesham site for residential development.

Depending on the deal, a move from Martlesham could allow Mr Passmore to reinvest savings into policing.

Tim Passmore who is the new Police Commissioner for Suffolk (30760779)
Tim Passmore who is the new Police Commissioner for Suffolk (30760779)

First, the PCC will need to gain outline planning permission for residential use. Then he can then make a decision as to whether a move is financially viable.

The outline planning application was submitted to East Suffolk Council this week. It will establish the principle of building residential accommodation on the site.

Mr Passmore said: “In order to save money that can be re-invested into police services, we are exploring as one of the options the possibility of selling the site at Martlesham for development and relocating the headquarters elsewhere in the Ipswich area.

“Nothing is set in stone. We need to understand the true value of the site so that we can then make a decision as to whether it should be sold or not.

"Work will continue alongside the application process to more fully evaluate the costs of relocation and refurbishment options with particular regard to working closely with other public sector partners.

“We have held a public exhibition to update local residents on these proposals and I’ve also met with local town and parish councillors to keep them updated. I will continue to keep these communication channels open as this process continues.”

If planning permission is granted, valuations for the site would then be obtained to assess if it is viable to relocate to alternative headquarters.

The site could then be considered for sale to a house builder or developer who would draw up more detailed designs and submit further planning application(s) for approval before any work could start.

The outline planning application is on the East Suffolk website and can be found here: https://publicaccess.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=Q6DAZ9QXI2C00&activeTab=summary

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