Police station could be converted into flats

A planning application has been submitted to convert Lutterworth’s police station into residential use.

Police bosses announced in November that the front counter at the station, on the corner of Lower Leicester Road and Gilmorton Road, would be closing in April this year as part of countywide police cuts.

Lutterworth-based company Husky International has now submitted proposals to Harborough District Council planners to change the purpose of the building to residential use.

Will Aust, of A+G Architects, the agents for the plan, states in the planning documents that the building could be converted into four one-bed studio flats or bedsits.

It will also require listed building consent as the site is a Grade II-listed building.

Built in 1843, the station is said to be the oldest remaining police station in use in the country.

The decision to close the front desk was part of the county police force’s commitment under the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review to find savings of £20m by 2016.

Police said last year that the station was only being visited by an average of 20 people a week and that closing it would help save £500,000 a year as part of a wider programme of cuts.

Lutterworth resident Malcolm Douglas contacted the Mail after hearing about the plan.

He said: “It would appear the writing is now on the wall for the town’s police station.

“It’s such a shame. This was one of, if not the oldest, active police stations in the country.

“An area the size of Lutterworth really deserves its own police station, especially considering the growing size of Broughton Astley.”

Lutterworth town councillors were due to discuss the plan at its planning and grants meeting on Monday night.

To view the plan online see the district council’s website at www.harborough.gov.uk/planning and use the
reference 13/01803/LBC.