Exhibition on plans for police station

Retirement homes plan: the current police station site on North Street, which the force plans to leave by April 2016.
Retirement homes plan: the current police station site on North Street, which the force plans to leave by April 2016.

Further details on a property developer’s plans for the current Ripon police station site have been revealed.

As reported in the Gazette in October, North Yorkshire Police announced it would be moving to new premises in the city by April 2016 after it signed a conditional contract to sell the building on North Street with CFK Developments of Wetherby, which is working with McCarthy and Stone.

McCarthy and Stone – a national company hoping to redevelop the site into high quality retirement accommodation – is now inviting Ripon residents to view and help shape its proposals for 30 one- and two-bedroom apartments in a new, contemporary building, at an exhibition being staged today (Thursday) at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall on Victoria Grove, from 3-7pm.

Steve Secker, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone (Northern Region), said; “We have already spent time carefully researching the local architecture to ensure that the proposed redevelopment of the police station is acceptable and sympathetic to its surroundings but now we want to hear the views of the local community. Members of our project team will be on hand at the public exhibition to answer questions and listen to feedback. The proposals are at a very early stage and where possible we will amend our plans to reflect people’s comments”

The proposals also include 25 on-site parking spaces and landscaped gardens and if planning permission is granted, North Yorkshire Police will reinvest funds from the sale of the site into a new police station elsewhere in Ripon. Plans to sell the police station site on North Street were first mooted in August last year when the Gazette reported North Yorkshire Police had identified the site as a “disposal opportunity” in the force’s estate strategy and was in talks with a then-unnamed developer.

Following October’s revelation the conditional contract –based on whether planning permission is granted – had been signed with CFK Developments, the force’s Chief Constable, Dave Jones, sought to reassure Ripon that it will retain a police base in the city.

He said: “With a buyer for North Street in place, we can concentrate on finding the right premises to move-in to. Although the address might be different, our commitment to maintaining an operational police base in Ripon is as strong as ever.”

McCarthy and Stone says it is committed to engaging with the local community before submitting a planning application. If you are unable to attend the public exhibition or would like further information, telephone its freephone information line on 0800 298 7040 or visit its website at www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/ripon