Ashbourne’s former police station is set to be converted into homes and business premises.
Permission has been granted by Derbyshire Dales District Council to revamp Ashbourne police station in Compton Street and turn it into three houses, five flats and two commercial units.
The building, in the Compton area of the town, has an impressive three storey frontage – but behind it there are also outbuildings which will be part of the conversion.
The property has been vacant since the end of January, when the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team moved out to share a base with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service at its Park Road fire station.
The plans will see commercial units created on the ground floor
Derbyshire Constabulary first revealed it was considering moving its Ashbourne officers to the fire station last year because they were only using a third of the building. Before becoming a police station, the property used to be a post office.
According to the plans, the business premises element of the conversion will be on the ground floor and would be suitable for a professional services firm.
The remaining floors would be turned into apartments of varying size, which the application states would offer occupants a “different type of affordable accommodation”.
In planning documents submitted by RLM Associates, on behalf of applicant Preserva (Midlands), it said: “The premises were until recently occupied by Derbyshire Constabulary as a local police station – although the building was generally underused of late and many of the rooms were vacant and have fallen into a state of disrepair.
According to the planning application, parts of the building have fallen into a state of disrepair
“The main building and the outbuildings are fairly extensive and my client has decided that the site is best utilised for some retail use at ground floor level, while the remainder would be split into various sized residential accommodation, ranging from small single units to several double bedroom units.
“The site is in a sustainable location and the various sized units should appeal to a variety of tenants who are looking for different types of affordable town centre accommodation.
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“All materials to be used in the extensive refurbishment and conversion works will be sympathetic to the original.”
In granting approval, district council planners said: “It is considered that the conversion of the former police station for a mixed use, albeit principally residential use, is appropriate given the former level and nature of use of the building.
“As such, the proposal broadly accords with the relevant provision of the development plan and national guidance.”
Source: Derby Telegraph