Essex Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Chelmsford City Council are in talks to progress the future sale of the headquarters site in Springfield, Chelmsford.
Last October Essex Police announced plans to reduce its estate from 80 to approximately 30 buildings and to sell the headquarters site. Preliminary talks have been held with Chelmsford City Council with a view to obtaining outline planning approval for residential use of the Springfield site to allow the site to be sold for the best possible price. This money can then be used to to create a new headquarters which is fit for the needs of a modern police force and for the future.
Essex Police is exploring the option of sharing accommodation with Essex County Fire & Rescue Service at its headquarters site in Kelvedon and are currently undertaking a feasibility study to this effect. A number of other sites are also being explored.