Filey’s old police station could be rented out to retailers or the town council, after its new owners submitted plans to develop houses adjacent to the site.
New owner, Thompson Homes, has submitted a planning application to Scarborough Council via its agent Hayes Associates to build five terraced houses at the site of the station car park.
It’s the first time the identity of the new owner has been revealed, after the firm anonymously snapped up the station for £300,000 at a Leeds auction in June.
And in a planning document, it is said that there “has been interest” in the station from retailers – although the historic building may need to be altered, albeit “sympathetically”, to lure in businesses.
“The station is to be retained by the developer and it is being marketed to find a suitable tenant,” reads the design and access statement.
“There is a possibility that Filey Council may rent the property for offices. Failing this, there has been some interest by retailers and this may be the most likely outcome.”
Uncertainty has clouded the future of the Murray Street building since it was sold off by North Yorkshire Police, following the collapse of months of secret negotiations between Filey Town Council and North Yorkshire Police over a proposed sale.
However, assurances have been given that the building won’t become a white elephant, with the report reading: “It is not feasible for the property to be left unlet and it is likely that a further planning application for a change of use will be submitted in the near future.”