Fancy snapping up this old cop shop for £375k?
POLICE are selling off this former station for £375,000.
Cheshire Police are looking for a buyer for Alsager police station as they look to save £8.3 million in 2013/14.
They have secured planning permission from Cheshire East Council to turn the Crewe Road building into a house.
A report by planning officer Nick Hulland said: "The applicant has confirmed that the station has been vacant for six months and is currently not in use.
"It is enclosed on either side by residential properties and Cheshire East Council is currently short of housing land supply. There are other existing vacant commercial premises within Alsager.
"As such, it is considered that this substantial planning benefit by reason of the additional dwelling provided in place of a vacant building which adds nothing to the local economy, outweighs the loss of the employment site.
"Furthermore, the unit does largely have a residential appearance that will need no external changes to be made for the conversion."
Alsager Town Council supported the planning application.
Town councillor Rod Fletcher said: "It would make sense for the former station to be a house. It is in a residential area and is very rarely used.
"It has not been used as a proper police station for 30 years.
"Officers are based in Sandbach and come to Alsager. PCSOs then make themselves available to the public at the library."
The property is being marketed by Alan James Estate Agents, in Sandbach.
On its website it says: "We are offering for sale on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary, the old police station at Crewe Road, Alsager.
"The extensive property has planning permission to convert from office accommodation to residential use."
Cheshire Police are planning to increase their share of the Council Tax by 1.99 per cent – a rise of 6p per week for a Band D home.
The force is also expected to have 16 fewer police officer positions and lose 35 police staff posts.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "Alsager police station is still up for sale with outline planning permission to turn it into a house."