Former police stations in Norwich and Bowthorpe could be turned into homes | Crime

PUBLISHED: 17:22 10 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:23 10 February 2018

Tuckswood Police Station. PIC: Peter Walsh

Tuckswood Police Station. PIC: Peter Walsh

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Former police stations in Norwich and Bowthorpe could be bought and turned into housing as a part of main police cost-cutting plans, it has emerged.

A PCSO outside Bowthorpe Police Station, Wendene, Bowthorpe. PIC: Colin FinchA PCSO outdoors Bowthorpe Police Station, Wendene, Bowthorpe. PIC: Colin Finch

Tuckswood Police Station and Bowthorpe Police Station could each be redeveloped and turned into residential properties after police revealed they’re to be bought as a part of a significant shake-up.

Papers which went earlier than a Police Accountability Forum in Wymondham this month revealed that at each websites, Norwich-based architects Chaplin Farrant “have undertaken practical investigations of the sites in preparation for the submission of planning applications for future sale and residential redevelopment” the websites.

Both initiatives are a part of a wide-ranging estates technique launched into as a part of a significant police evaluate dubbed Norfolk 2020.

Launched in 2015, the evaluate regarded to develop the easiest way in which the constabulary provide you with a brand new mannequin for 21st century policing which could ship efficient and environment friendly policing in opposition to unprecedented will increase in complicated crimes corresponding to grownup and youngster abuse, sexual offences and cyber-crime, whereas attaining £10m of financial savings earlier than 2020.

As a part of the estates technique different stations will shut, go, or be utilized by police and different blue gentle providers like fireplace and ambulance.

While different stations, like Bethel Street in Norwich, will endure main revamps.

Meanwhile, police have confirmed seven Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs) will shut on the finish of subsequent month.

The closures of PEOs in Hunstanton, Downham Market, Thetford, Dereham, Fakenham, Cromer and North Walsham adopted a significant evaluate which discovered a drop in use.

The plan will assist the drive save £320,000 value of financial savings. Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Norwich (Bethel Street) PEOs will stay open.

Police will maintain “engagement surgeries” regularly throughout the county.

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