Sale of Saffron Walden Police Station delayed by asset order

PUBLISHED: 16:48 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:58 13 September 2016

Saffron Walden Police Station. Picture: SaffronPhoto

Saffron Walden Police Station. Picture: SaffronPhoto

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Saffron Walden Police Station may not be sold for housing as the building is protected by an order that gives community groups the chance to bid for it.

The East Street station was listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in February 2013, which means groups have six months to raise funds and prepare a bid to buy the building.

Essex Police declared their intention to sell the site in April, and if no bid is received in the six-month period up to October 25, then the force is free to sell the site as it chooses.

Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst first revealed his plans for the building to the Reporter in April, with the force moving its police operation in the town to a base at Uttlesford District Council (UDC).

Simon Curling, interim head of operational estates at Essex Police, said: “The sale of Saffron Walden is currently postponed for a period of six months as the police station has been listed as an ACV by Uttlesford District Council. Listing the building as an ACV will now entitle the community, or a group representing the community, to bid to purchase the station. If no such bid is received it is likely the building will be placed on the market towards the end of the year.”

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