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Hammerson wins bid to develop land at police headquarters

The future of an eight acre plot of land at Devon and Cornwall Police Middlemoor headquarters has been decided.

The land to be developed at Middlemoor
The land to be developed at Middlemoor

The land, which came back onto the market in 2017 after supermarket giant Morrisons pulled out of a planned development, will now be developed for retail use by Hammerson, one of Europe’s largest retail property developers.

Hammerson was successful from a list of 13 bidders and plans to build a high quality retail-led development which is expected to include eight retail units and three restaurants.

The Force and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have worked closely with Exeter City Council to ensure that any development planned for the site matches the city’s strategic plan and it is expected that planning for the scheme will now progress.

The final proceeds from the site will depend on the outcome of planning and will be used to support the £25m criminal justice hub currently being developed on another part of the Middlemoor site.

“I am pleased to have such a large and trusted brand as Hammerson involved in this project,” said Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, who is responsible for the Force land and estate.

“Their involvement gives a welcome certainty to the project. It means that all the work we have undertaken to ensure our aspirations for the site meet those of our partners at Exeter City Council has been worthwhile.

“I have already committed to funding the new hub at Middlemoor so that our officers can move out of the dilapidated facilities they currently use in Heavitree Road, and the sale means there will be less requirement to fund that project from reserves and from borrowing which is good news for council tax payers across the Force area.”