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Brentwood’s former police station sold for nearly £8 million

The former police station in Brentwood has been sold to a property developer for £7,946,052 with outline planning permission for 70 residential units. More might eventually be built on the site, meaning additional revenue for the public purse. All the revenue generated by the sale will be invested in policing to prevent and fight crime.

The full complement of the local and community policing teams has already been relocated to a more central police base at the Town Hall.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, said.

“I believe we have secured a good price for the building, with the potential to generate more revenue for every additional residential unit built on top of the initial 70. The sale represents great value for money for the people of Essex. The fact we have been able to maintain a town centre presence for officers meets one of my key priorities to keep policing local, visible and accessible. The people of Brentwood now have a more modern and efficient local police service, better able to foster an even closer working relationship with our key partners at the council.”

This sale is part of an extensive modernisation programme to cut escalating costs in the force’s ageing estate. Since 2015 more than £20 million pounds has been generated from the sale of buildings, all of which has been reinvested into frontline policing. To date, nearly 4 million pounds in maintenance costs has also been saved.

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