POLICE chiefs have opened the door to the possibility of selling off part of Wootton Hall, the headquarters of the county’s force.
The force has revealed it had been approached recently by buyers interesting in purchasing sections of the estate, which is located off Mereway, in Northampton, and is the home of county’s police.
However, police bosses have said they were keen to delay any decision about the future of the estate until they had completed talks with Northamptonshire County Council about the long-term future of the area.
The buyers are believed to have expressed an interest in purchasing sections of Wootton Hall, not the entire piece of land.
In a report to be considered by Northamptonshire’s police authority, Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “The force has been approached by a number of owners of properties within the Wootton Hall Estate, who wish to purchase pieces of land adjacent to their own properties.
“The possibility of agreeing to a sale has been explored by the Head of the estates and facilities department.
“Although this is feasible, it is considered to be unwise for the police authority to agree to a sale of part of the Wootton Hall estate whilst discussions with the county council are progressing.
“Once the discussions are concluded it is anticipated that the future of the Wootton Hall estate will be determined.”
Mr Lee added: “The proposed purchases would involve relatively small pieces of land and so the net income resulting from the sales, after appropriate legal cost have been met, would be modest.”
Wootton Hall is the home of Northamptonshire Police, as well as the force’s branch of the police federation, Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards department and the county records office.