Barnet Times: "Plans for new Metropolitan Police training centre submitted to Barnet Borough Council"

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"The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has submitted its plans to build a new Metropolitan Police training centre in Colindale.

"MOPAC will replace the existing Peel Centre in Aerodrome Road if the planning application is given the go-ahead by Barnet Borough Council.

"The application seeks to create new training and operational space, housing approximately 2,000 officers and staff on the site."

"The Peel Centre project team is pleased to inform you that the London Borough of Barnet has registered the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) planning application for the redevelopment of the Peel Centre site in Colindale.

"The application seeks permission to develop new training and operational facilities fit for 21st century policing. The new facilities will replace the current outdated buildings and make more efficient use of space, housing a similar number of staff to current levels on a much smaller site.

"The Met’s proposals represent the fourth evolution of the Peel Centre site since it was first developed in the 1930s, highlighting the ever-changing needs of the Metropolitan Police.

Our first public exhibition in September 2012 showed proposals for the new police facilities alongside an emerging masterplan for the wider site which would form part of a separate planning application. In recognition of the need to replace the existing police buildings and the longer timescales that apply to the wider regeneration, it was decided to re-phase the two applications. As a result, the second exhibition, held in March 2013, focused only on the new MOPAC facilities.

"Throughout the eight months of public consultation; over 190 people attended the exhibitions, around 50 people submitted written comments on the proposals and the consultation website had over 7,000 unique visitors. Many local residents and stakeholders expressed their support for the plans and indicated that they understood the need for change. In response to feedback received during the consultation, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service decided to retain Building 36, a building of historical interest from the site’s days as the Hendon Aerodrome.

"The planning application for the Peel Centre site has been registered by the London Borough of Barnet under reference number H/01571/13. A related application regarding the relocation of the Grade II Listed Sir Robert Peel Statue and Police Call Box Structure has been registered under reference number H/01613/13.

"I hope you find this update helpful. If you would like any further information please email us at comments@peelcentresite.co.uk or phone 0800 881 5288 and leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you.

"The public consultation period ends on 29 May 2013."

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