Demolition plan for former police station

Under threat: The former Penwortham police station on the corner of Liverpool Road and Crookings Lane
Under threat: The former Penwortham police station on the corner of Liverpool Road and Crookings Lane
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Penwortham’s historic police station could be demolished if plans for a new vets practice on the site are passed.

Ribble Vets, which has a pratice in New Lane, Penwortham, wants permission to flatten the 1930 structure and erect a purpose built part two, part single-storey building on the corner of Liverpool Road and Crookings Lane.

Artist's impression of proposed Ribble Vets practice in Liverpool Road, Penwortham

Artist's impression of proposed Ribble Vets practice in Liverpool Road, Penwortham

Howick and Priory Councillor David Howarth said: “It’s part two, part single-storey, which is what we’ve got at the moment, but I think it’s a shame that another historic building in Penwortham could be going. But it would be very difficult to turn the existing building into something else though, with its cells and odd layout.”

The vacant station was sold at auction for £350,000 in September 2013, with planning permission for a change of use into two residential dwellings.

Ribble Vets have since spoken to South Ribble Council, which has indicated an in-principle agreement to the new plans. Designs are modern, with rendered blockwork and aluminum grey windows. Parking along the Liverpool Road side would be retained.

Coun Howarth has been approached by local residents concerned the proposed building is not inkeeping with the surrounding properties, and that animal housing and an ‘external recovery area’ would be near several houses and gardens.

The Design and Access Statement claims the external area would be heavily screened from neighbours with solid block walls, and only one dog at a time would be brought out “just long enough to stretch legs and go to the toilet.”

Coun Howarth added: “I would be pleased to see the site back in use because at the moment it’s just standing there, and this would bring more jobs into the district.”

If plans are passed, the New Lane premises would be sold or converted back to housing.