Police have submitted proposals for a new £19m ‘super-custody’ suite in Sheffield that would replace three existing buildings.
A public consultation on the plans to build a new centre capable of housing up to 50 prisoners at a time on land at Shepcote Lane, near Meadowhall, is now under way.
Council planners are due to make a final decision on the centre by October, with the facility potentially opening in 2016 on a former vehicle distribution site.
If given the go-ahead, it would be a replacement for existing buildings in Sheffield city centre, Ecclesfield and Rotherham.
The new building will also operate as a base for investigative officers and police partner agencies.
People have until September 17 to comment on the plans before Sheffield Council makes its decision.
The police are also seeking outline planning permission for the building of a new property store at the site.
A design and access statement in support of the proposals said police also want ‘expansion space for additional cells, should the need arise’.
It said: “The facility will provide 50 cells of custody to be used as part of the investigative process following the arrest of suspects. In addition to the cell area a number of support spaces will also be provided such as interview rooms and office space.
“Externally detainees will arrive to the site in a police vehicle (car or van), be brought into the secure yard area and will then enter the secure van dock prior to being removed from the vehicle and escorted into the facility.
“Once in the facility the investigative process will be carried out and detainees charged accordingly.
“Those who are charged will generally be discharged through the reverse of this process and taken to court in a courts transfer vehicle.”
There will be no public access counter at the new site, with people encouraged to report crimes by calling either 999 or 101.
The force needs to save £42 million by 2016, and has saved about £23m so far.