Disposal of surplus Surrey Police stations sees £20.6m generated

CALA Homes wants to demolish the old police station in Portesbery Road

A four-year programme to dispose of surplus police stations across the county is close to completion, having generated £20.6 million.

Property specialists Bruton Knowles confirmed it is in the final stages of selling on the 21 stations in Surrey.

Police and Crime Commissioner Kevin Hurley said it is ‘unfortunate’ he was unable to stop the sales which were set in motion by Surrey Police Authority before he was elected.

He also said no plans have been made to sell off the forces headquarters, Mount Browne, in Artington, Guildford.

Fraser Castle, who is based at Bruton Knowles’ Guildford office, has managed the programme.

On Monday September 14, CALA Homes was given permission to demolish the police station and other buildings at Camberley and build 35 homes on the site.

The three-storey building, built in 1970, has been vacant since Surrey Police moved officers into the headquarters of Surrey Heath Borough Council in 2011.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Castle said: “We have essentially finished this programme of sales.

“We expect a positive planning decision for Haslemere police station on Wednesday and are about to commence the marketing exercise for the final property - Epsom police station.

“Overall this has been a very positive exercise for Surrey Police with some significant wins most notably at Walton and Leatherhead where we were able to add significant value through land assembly and negotiation with the local authority.

“We sold the properties for a range of uses including supermarket, residential, retirement living, office and a range of community uses including dance hall, children’s nursery and a free school.”

The stations were originally put up for sale by Surrey Police Authority in 2010, in an effort to make savings required by government funding cuts. Police staff were relocated to council offices and other locations.

When Kevin Hurley was elected as Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012, shortly after he took up the post he launched a review of the sale of 10 police stations, later putting the sales on hold.

After concluding his review, he ruled in favour of selling them and said the force should continue with the disposal of the properties.

Mr Hurley said: “It is unfortunate that I was unable to stop previous plans to sell so many police stations.”

Mr Hurley said he was not happy to have faced the decision but did support it as budget cuts meant changes had to be made.

He added: “As a direct result of this decision made by my predecessors we have freed up a significant amount of money, nearly £1 million, which we are putting into policing.”

Source: GetSurrey

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