Developer plans to build 56 flats at Truro police station site
PLANS have been unveiled for retirement homes to be built on the site of Truro police station.
Churchill Retirement has announced plans to replace the building off the Trafalgar roundabout with 56 apartments.
Planning Issues Ltd, which is handling the application that has been submitted to Cornwall Council, said its design would "relate sensitively to the adjacent buildings and respect the natural environment", providing "a pleasant and safe environment for the prospective residents as well as making a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the local area".
In July 2009 planning permission was granted to demolish the station and create a new office block and police station.
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But in May 2011 the force decided to sell the site.
A spokesman previously said the station was "inefficient" in terms of space and energy use and would require a £2 million refurbishment over the next ten years, without any significant improvements.
The new offices, opposite the Viaduct car park, were bought for £382,500, excluding taxes.
The police said the move could save up to £50,000 per year. The new premises have about 380m² of usable space, compared to the existing area of approximately 750m². The police said there would be no impact on the number of officers operating from the station. Disruption arising from the move would be minimal as it was hoped the new station would be up and running before closing the existing station, from early 2014.
No public objections to the plans have been submitted on the council's planning website.