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Caption: All change for landmark building
Caption: All change for landmark building

Garstang’s former police station and adjoining garages have been sold and look set to be given a new lease of life as three homes.

The landmark 160-year-old building at 4, Garstang Road, Bowgreave, was up for auction by Pugh Property Vendors and auctioneers in Manchester.

The station itself, which was described as comprising offices, meeting rooms, cells, storage, kitchens, toilets and shower room, was not sold at auction, but shortly afterwards for an undisclosed sum. But a separate lot, comprising the garages and 699 square yards of land neighbouring the former station, sold at the auction for £142,000.

In October Wyre Council granted planning approval for the former station – thought to be one the oldest police properties in Lancashire – to be converted into two semi-detached homes with gardens and parking.

In September approval was granted for the demolition of the garages and erection of a three/four bedroomed detached home with integral garage.

* The police station closed in 2003 when Garstang’s new police station opened on Park Hill Road in a former bathroom and plumbing showroom.

When the planning applications was submitted the Police Authority noted: “The existing property is no longer suitable for modern policing, requires considerable capital investment for refurbishment and modernisation and is now surplus to requirements.”