An historic Lancashire police station which force chiefs say is surplus to requirements is to be sold off – and likely turned into homes.
The 160-year-old station at Bowgreave, Garstang, close to Garstang High School, is one of the oldest police premises in Lancashire,
It closed its doors nine years ago but, until relatively recently, was used as a base for the force’s armed response officers.
However, as police chiefs look to sell off some of their estate in response to Government funding cuts, the Victorian building will now be sold off.
It has recently been given planning permission which would allow it to be converted into two homes, with permission for a third new home at the side.
The building was constructed during the Victorian era.
Following the development of the A6 bypass road, which goes past Garstang, several moves were made to move the old station before relocation eventually did happen in 2003.
An earlier suggested site was near to the Garstang Library, on the site now occupied by properties on Violet Grove.
Garstang’s police team relocated to their current premises, a former bathroom and plumbing showroom in Park Hill Road, when the old station shut in 2003.
A report submitted with the planning application says the police authority has “a strategic objective to dispose of the former Garstang police station.” A police authority spokesman said the intention was be to sell the land via auction or a local estate agent, although no date has been set.