FIVE Warwickshire police stations and the former police headquarters at Leek Wootton will be sold as part of the force’s plan to reduce spending by £22.9m by March 31, 2015.
National commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has been instructed to market the historic Grade II listed former headquarters of Warwickshire Police along with five other police stations in the county which have been identified as surplus to the police authority’s requirements.
Public enquiry desk services and local Safer Neighbourhood Teams have already been or will be relocated and policing will not be adversely affected in any area.
The Leek Wootton estate – which was mentioned in the Domesday Book – totals approximately 55 acres and provides a variety of buildings, mature woodland, and water features within attractive grounds located adjacent to The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club.
The main house – Woodcote House – was built in 1861 as a family country home. It was used as a convalescent home for injured US servicemen in World War Two, before being purchased by Warwickshire County Council in 1947.
It became Warwickshire Police’s headquarters two years later and remained so until February this year.
The additional properties earmarked for disposal by LSH include the 1.37 acre Coleshill station site on the A446, Alcester, Warwick and Wellesbourne and a long term lease at Henley-in-Arden.
These are due to be advertised for sale in the next few weeks.
Jon Hinton of LSH said: “We have been instructed to commence marketing the majority of the portfolio within the coming weeks and we anticipate interest in these prominently located sites to be strong as they all provide attractive commercial or residential redevelopment opportunities. We hope to agree disposal terms shortly after the Christmas period, however, our involvement with the authority is likely to continue for some time as additional assets are being identified for disposal.”
The Leek Wootton estate will be marketed in the new year once the authority has secured outline planning consent for Care Village use, following an application made in September.