Police find new HQ at hospital

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Plans to bulldoze Belper’s former police station to make way for a possible housing development are to be considered by councillors.

Nottingham-based firm JPC Developments has bought the site and has
applied for permission from Amber Valley Borough Council to raze it to the ground.

A spokesman for JPC said there were a number of options being considered for the site. However a planning application to the council said the demolition was required “to make way for a new housing development”.

Meanwhile, the town’s police force have now moved in to new headquarters – within vacant offices at Belper’s Babington Hospital.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “The former police station in Field Lane has been sold and the officers who were based there have now moved to Babington Hospital.

“The Safer Neighbourhood team are now working from offices on the hospital site and anyone wishing to speak to them can visit the new location or call 101.”

In June 2012, the enquiry office on Field Lane was among nine closed as the force found ways to trim costs.

However, officers were still able to operate from the station.

Then in January this year Derbyshire Police announced they were to sell the station as they were unable to find any tenants to help bring in extra income from the vacant areas of the building.

The demolition plan will be considered by the borough council’s planning board during a meeting on Monday, September 15.