North Yorkshire Police signed a conditional contract with property development company CFK Developments of Wetherby on Friday 3 October 2014. CFK is working with McCarthy & Stone, a national company which hopes to redevelop the site on North Street with high-quality retirement accommodation, subject to planning permission.
Ripon Police Station will be moving to new premises in the town within the next 18 months following an agreement to sell its current site on North Street.
If the proposals are granted planning approval, North Yorkshire Police will move its police station facility to new premises elsewhere in Ripon. Options for the new location are already under consideration.
Commenting on the sale of the North Street side, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, said: I need to make sure that North Yorkshire Police has facilities that are fit-for-purpose for the future, which means disposing of some sites and moving some facilities to new premises that are better suited to our needs.
The decision to dispose of the land and buildings at North Street has been in place for some time as part of our long-term estates strategy, so I am very pleased that we have signed this contract and can progress according to plan.
Dave Jones, Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, said: With a buyer for North Street in place, we can concentrate on finding the right premises to move into. Although the address might be different, our commitment to maintaining an operational police base in Ripon is as strong as ever.
We are looking forward to securing our new home in the town over the coming months.