Globe’s time critical application on behalf of G4S for a Custody Suite extension at Boston Police Station gets approval.
Globe has been working with G4S since last Easter on the improvement of police custody facilities in Lincolnshire and the most recent work has focused on additional facilities for Boston Police Station. One of the main challenges with this work is the project timetable which is driven by the need for temporary closure or relocation of custody facilities. Despite the apparent simplicity of putting a pre-fabricated and Home Office approved extension on the rear of a police station, the rear compound of Boston Police Station managed to throw up a whole range of planning issues.
The obvious one was flood risk but others included: a site of known archaeological interest under the only viable location for the extension; two Grade II listed building as neighbours; frontage on to the Boston Town Conservation area and views from Boston Stump. Working closely with G4S, the project engineers Wernick’s, Boston Borough Council, Heritage Lincolnshire and the Environment Agency, all of whom offered invaluable advice, we were able to find acceptable solutions to the issues raised by the development and keep the application on track and within the required timetable. Boston Council’s planning team did a great job, recognising from the outset the time critical nature of the project and keeping the application moving through their system. The outcome was an unconditional approval six days ahead of our clients schedule.