Plans have gone in for offices to support a new police custody centre near Kettering.
The three-storey block with parking, earmarked for a 3.7-acre site at the North Kettering Business Park, will be adjacent to the new police custody unit which was given the go ahead last year.
Final plans for the proposed ‘Northern Accommodation Hub’ are now under consultation and are designed to accommodate day-to-day work by operational police officers and staff, as well as staff in other back-office roles.
If Kettering Council gives the plans the green light, construction will begin later this year.
PCC Adam Simmonds said: “These new buildings will bring custody facilities in the north of the county up to the same standard as those provided by the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton.
“This new development is a significant investment and part of my commitment to modernising the force’s estate in line with 21st century policing needs.
“It is vital we have an estate that is fit for the future and meets the needs of policing in our county, enabling officers and staff to provide the best possible service to local people.”
Mr Simmonds approved the project following recommendations by Adrian Lee, the outgoing chief constable, about how the force could most effectively move towards providing the best service to local people and supporting the operational needs of the force.
Mr Lee said: “The new accommodation hub will enable us to consolidate our existing estate and bring together a number of functions under one roof.
“Together with the custody centre, it will be the main operational base for policing in the north of the county.
“The existing police buildings in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden town centres are inefficient and old, and we have taken this into consideration in our plans for development.
“We are committed to retaining a policing presence in our towns and local policing services will remain local.
“This is not simply about a specific building and we will work with our partners to find the best solution for each community.”
Further information about the current Northern Accommodation Hub consultation is available on the Kettering Council website.