Five more former Met Police buildings go on the market

Further to my post a few days ago, five more former Met Police buildings have been put up for sale with Knight Frank.

The buildings – four former police stations and one residential site – don’t appear on Zoopla yet (as the others did), but the sale brochures can be found here:

Bidding for all sites closes on 18 October.

UPDATE, 28 February 2014:

Slow to post this, but a number of other police stations went on sale with a bid date of 25 October last year. The sites were as follows:

I’ll be updating once more is known about the sales.

Former Met Police buildings go on sale across London

Former Hackney Central police station. Photo: Knight Frank
Former Hackney Central police station – one of a number of sites currently being marketed. Photo: Knight Frank

In March this year the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) announced that they would be closing a number of police stations as part of moves to save a forecast £60m, with 29 of the buildings to be sold off.

A few days ago I noticed that one of the sites earmarked for disposal – the former Hackney Central police station – had gone on the market with estate agents Knight Frank, resulting in this story for the Hackney Citizen.

The turnaround between the police leaving the building and the site being listed for sale has been quick – less than a month between it closing its doors as a police station and the site being put up for sale.

And a quick browse on property site Zoopla turns up listings for a number of other former police stations which have been listed with similar speed:

Stamford Hill planning dispute: some quick facts

One of the most interesting stories in Hackney at the minute is the attempt by a group of residents in the north of the borough to take on planning powers, setting up a neighbourhood planning forum by which to do this.

The proposal – which, to put it mildly, has split opinion – covers Stamford Hill and surrounding areas, and those involved have argued that changes to planning responsibilities are needed to reflect the rapid growth of the local population, including the ultra-orthodox Haredi Jewish community.

Details of the proposed Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum – and a rival forum proposal – can be found here. The Guardian also had a great analysis of the situation the other day, which drew out the back-story to some of the claims and counter-claims being made.

But what are the facts of the matter? Are the wards that would be covered by the Stamford Hill forum – Springfield, New River, Lordship, Cazenove – different to others in the borough? (Complicating the picture slightly, the rival North Hackney Neighbourhood Forum proposal covers Brownswood as well as these four wards).