Cleveland Police HQ decision to be delayed, report says

Cleveland Police The force has a separate Middlesbrough headquarters

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A decision on whether to build new headquarters for Cleveland Police should be delayed, a report says.

Any move should wait until after November's election of a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Cleveland Police Authority will be told.

The force's current base at Ladgate Lane in Middlesbrough has been described as "not fit for purpose".

That site is being marketed to developers after permission for 375 homes was provisionally granted.

A move to a multi-million pound base at Hemlington Grange has been explored and a recommendation to delay deciding on the move will be discussed at the authority's AGM on 14 June.

Members will be told that all decisions that could "unhelpfully" become part of the election debate should be postponed.

Voters across England and Wales will elect PCCs on 15 November.

The report says issues that could potentially impact on the election or commit the commissioner to "significant spending" should wait.

It says: "If the authority is in a position to consider finalising its decision about a new police HQ prior to the election of a PCC, it is likely to be very close to the election time.

"As logical as such a decision may be, this is bound to cause public/media debate and is clearly a decision that has long term consequences and as such is perhaps best left for the incoming PCC."

The final decision will be based on the funds that could be generated from the sale of the current headquarters.

In December, Middlesbrough Council's planning committee agreed it was "minded to approve" an application to demolish the site and build 375 homes.

Cleveland Police has a separate Middlesbrough headquarters on Bridge Street West in the town.

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