Plans for former police station to become luxury hotel

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Wakefield Council has purchased the police station and former crown court buildings in the city, with a view to build a luxury hotel and regenerate the area.

Local authority chiefs hope the police station will be developed into a new hotel and are seeking to transform the derelict Grade-II listed former crown court into office space.

West Yorkshire Police are in the process of leaving the station on Wood Street and moving to a new headquarters in Normanton.

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Speaking to Yorkshire Evening Post, Wakefield Council leader Peter Box, said: “I’m delighted with the exciting plans we have for Wood Street, which will build on the improvements we have already carried out in this part of the city.

“I know any work we do in this area will be a fantastic asset to our city and will only build on its appeal for locals and visitors alike.”

Councillor Denise Jeffery added: “We have got the police station and that will hopefully be a hotel. We are talking to a developer from London.

“We’ve got the refurbishment around the County Hall and the war memorial done and if the police station becomes a hotel then it will change Wood Street completely. We couldn’t let the crown court building fall further into disrepair. The roof has caved in and it’s such a shame because it used to be a fabulous building.”

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