Go-ahead given to convert police station into homes

The old Leiston Police Station Picture: SIMON PARKER

The old Leiston Police Station Picture: SIMON PARKER

Leiston’s former police station is set to be turned into six flats with eight new homes in the grounds.

East Suffolk Council has at last given the go-ahead to the proposals - which were first submitted 18 months ago by Suffolk Constabulary - after much deliberation.

Officers moved out of the inter-war building in Kings Road, Leiston, in 2018 and into a joint base with the fire service.

While planning officers considered the project, a second application was submitted last September for six flats and seven new buildings, all of which would be affordable homes. A decision has still not been made on this application.

Leiston Town Council recommended approval for both schemes but has expressed concern over the number of parking spaces to be provided.

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Councillors were pleased however to see Orwell Housing applying - the second application - to develop the site and welcomed the possible additional social rented properties.

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