The former home of Berkhamsted Police Station has been snapped up for £2,620,000 by the developer behind the conversion of Tring’s former Rose & Crown Hotel.
Beechcroft Developments – which is turning the inn into retirement homes – now plans to turn the old cop shop site into new homes and retail outlets.
The £2,620,000 will be ploughed into policing and community protection services.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “I am pleased that a buyer has now been secured for the former police station and I believe the Constabulary has achieved a fair price for the site.
“Whilst my duty has always been to make sure that the sale provided full value for money to the taxpayer, I have also been supportive of efforts by local community groups to ensure sympathetic future development of the civic space in the centre of Berkhamsted.
“The sale was delayed to allow those options to be discussed.
“As a result, all bidders were supplied with a copy of the community development brief created by the B-Hive group which outlines long term aspirations for the former police station and other buildings.
“It is now for the new owner and the planning authority, Dacorum Borough Council to determine how far those aspirations can be met.
“In terms of policing, it is worth emphasising that a local police team remains based in the town at Berkhamsted Civic Centre.”