Police to buy land for potential north Northamptonshire operational base

Northamptonshire Police has announced plans to buy new land in Kettering
Northamptonshire Police has announced plans to buy new land in Kettering

Northamptonshire Police are to buy additional land at North Kettering Business Park – alongside land earmarked for the new custody and investigation centre.

The force says the site could become a new operational base for the north of the county.

Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds has authorised Chief Constable Adrian Lee to buy the additional 3.7 acre site, which will allow for further development of the force’s estate.

Mr Lee said: “We are currently carrying out a thorough review of the whole Northamptonshire Police estate, with the aim of providing a modern, 21st century estate that best meets the current and future needs of policing in the county.

“When we purchased the land for the Police Investigation Centre, we secured the option to buy additional land on the same financial terms, enabling us to realise the financial benefits of buying a larger site.

“With future policing needs in mind, I have recommended to the police and crime commissioner that we purchase this land and explore the options for a new operational base for the north of the county.

“In spite of the financial challenges, we have not closed any police stations in the county and we are committed to retaining police bases in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden town centres, even though the condition of the existing buildings means they are inefficient and old; any changes will take place through negotiation with partners and consultation with the public.”

The force says it is already trialling different ways of providing a policing service.

In Northampton, the public enquiry counter at Campbell Square police station was re-located to Northampton Borough Council’s One-Stop-Shop at the Guildhall earlier this year.

Mr Lee added: “The front-office trial in Northampton has been extremely successful and policing services in the town are now more central and conveniently located in the same building as other important services.”

Mr Simmonds said: “The Chief Constable and I have a responsibility to ensure the police estate is fit for purpose and enables officers and staff to provide the best possible service to the people who live and work in and visit our county.

“Acquiring the additional land at Kettering gives us scope to improve the existing estate and ensure it is flexible enough to cope with current and, most importantly, future demands in the north of the county.”

Planning permission for the new Police Investigation Centre was granted in February this year and the purchase of the 2.4 acre site was agreed in March.

The force says the design of the centre is currently under review to take account of current best practice in custody provision and ensure best value for money is achieved.