Drop-In Day Planned For South Kilvington Police HQ Plans
5:32pm 5th February 2014
Residents of South Kilvington and the surrounding area will be able to find out more about North Yorkshire Police’s proposals for a new headquarters and custody suite on the outskirts of the village. Members of the project team - including representatives from the North Yorkshire Police’s estates team, planners, architects and other consultants - will be on hand to discuss various aspects of the proposals and gather feedback, questions and concerns from residents and interested parties. An invitation was delivered to properties in the village on Monday 3 February but anyone with an interest in the proposals can attend.
North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, and Chief Constable, Dave Jones, previously wrote to residents in December to let them know that agreement had been reached to purchase, subject to planning permission, an 8.5-acre site in South Kilvington for the potential development of a new headquarters and operational station. The project team is keen to gather ideas and feedback from the local community so that the views of local people are considered as work continues to develop the proposals.
At this stage, the focus is on understanding the views on several aspects of the proposals, including:
- Potential benefits to the local community that could be brought about as part of the work
- The economic benefits to South Kilvington and the wider Thirsk area
- Issues such as drainage, sewage, traffic through the village and parking at the school
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“This is the first of many opportunities the residents of South Kilvington will get to feedback their views and influence the design of any proposals we may put forward.
“I would encourage local people to come along to learn more about the proposals, meet the project team and raise any questions they may have at this early stage. Importantly, it will also be an opportunity for people to say what they would like to see as a result of any development, such as parking improvements or improved playing facilities in the village.”
“If we decide later to submit a planning application – and this is not a done deal - the feedback of consultation will be published beforehand and will influence any plans for the site. We will also make clear how the proposals have altered as a result of consultation.”
The drop-in event will take place as follows:
Date: 18 February 2014
Time: 2.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: South Kilvington Primary School
Approximately 1.5 miles north of Thirsk and to the east of the A61 (Stockton Road), the site is well located in terms of its size, its access to the highways network and its central position within North Yorkshire Police’s operating area.
The plans currently being drawn up by North Yorkshire Police also incorporate a new 10-cell custody suite, which could replace the district’s dated eight-cell suite currently located at Northallerton Police Station. More modern custody facilities, as can be seen at the new Harrogate Police Station, mean more police time can be spent on the beat and less complaints coming in about time spent in custody. This would also allow Northallerton Police Station to be sold and replaced with a smaller facility.
There may also be opportunities to consolidate other parts of the North Yorkshire Police estate within the same project.
Annual savings on running costs will amount to an estimated £100,000 per year, with £355,000 also saved from stock condition work – meaning an annual saving of £455,000.
The best site in Hambleton
Over the past year, North Yorkshire Police have assessed the current and projected future requirements for their headquarters. They have used this assessment to evaluate the suitability of several available sites across Hambleton, including existing buildings and vacant sites.
- The evaluation considered matters such as:
- Operational needs
- Connections with the highways network
- Connections with the transport network
- Access into and out of the site
- Availability of the land
- Implications of relocation for staff currently working at Newby Wiske
North Yorkshire Police’s estates team is aware of the heritage value of the Newby Wiske Hall and its grounds, located in a conservation area, and will be working with local planners to consider options for future uses for the site.
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