Yorkshire Water questions details of Sheffield £19m ‘super-custody’ suite plan

The proposed site on Shepcote Lane, Sheffield for a new police custody centre
The proposed site on Shepcote Lane, Sheffield for a new police custody centre
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Police bosses are being asked to provide more information about their plans for a new £19 million ‘super-custody’ suite in Sheffield after concerns were raised about drainage and flooding issues.

Yorkshire Water has said current plans put forward by South Yorkshire Police in relation to a potential new centre at Shepcote Lane, near Meadowhall, are ‘not acceptable’.

The company has asked for clarification on the flood risk assessment for the new building after being provided with differing information on how the water sewerage system will work.

It has also written to Sheffield Council planners to say drainage details submitted with the application are currently ‘not acceptable’.

Yorkshire Water is asking for evidence to be submitted showing what other means have been considered of getting rid of surface water, and more information about how water will be disposed of, as well as whether new sewers will be installed.

If given the go-ahead by planners, the new centre at Shepcote Lane, near Meadowhall, will be capable of housing up to 50 prisoners at a time. It is intended the site will replace three existing custody suites in Sheffield city centre, Ecclesfield and Rotherham.

The facility would potentially open in 2016, on a former vehicle distribution site. The new building will also operate as a base for investigative officers and police partner agencies.

It is hoped the new site would save the force £1.2 million per year through reduced staff costs, with the force hoping the changes can be made through ‘natural wastage’ instead of having to make redundancies. The force needs to save £42m by 2016, and has delivered about £23m of savings so far, with a further £19m still to come.

While the decision on the main building is yet to be made, council planners have granted permission for an outline application for the police to build a property store beside the custody centre.