Potential sale of Police HQ
Following a period of public consultation held in the summer, I'd like to update you on the potential sale of the Martlesham Police Headquarters site for residential development.
The sale is being considered as part of a full review of the PCC’s estate, in order to help reduce costs and provide better value for money to taxpayers, without impacting on police services or jobs. If it goes ahead, the HQ would move to more fit-for-purpose premises in the Ipswich area, which are likely to be existing public sector buildings.
In order to know what the value of the HQ site is, and therefore determine whether it should be sold, the PCC appointed a team of consultants who have carried out a range of technical studies. This has suggested that around 250 homes could be built on the site, should planning permission be granted by Suffolk Coastal District Council in the future.
A public exhibition was held in June at Martlesham Heath Pavilion, which over 300 people attended. The PCC received feedback from 164 local people, stakeholders and organisations. An update leaflet, available on the PCC website, provides details of the key themes of the feedback - which include traffic, local infrastructure and wildlife – and how these are being considered by the project team as the plans continue to be finalised. We will continue to keep people updated and we hope to submit an outline planning application by the end of the year.
All the feedback received will be detailed in a Statement of Community Consultation, which will be submitted with the planning application to Suffolk Coastal District Council.
If planning permission were to be granted, valuations would then be obtained to assess if it were viable to relocate the Police Headquarters elsewhere in the Ipswich area. The site could then be considered for sale to a house builder or developer who would draw up more detailed designs and submit a further planning application for approval before any work could start.
More detail is available here.