PEOPLE can have their say on plans to build dozens of retirement flats on the site of Bridgwater's police station.

Developer McCarthy and Stone bought the building in Northgate and plans to demolish it to make way for 37 one and two-bedroom flats exclusively for over-60s.

Avon and Somerset Police said Bridgwater's current police station will close this autumn, relocating to the new Express Park.

McCarthy and Stone will share their proposals with residents at a public exhibition on January 29, between 3pm and 7.30pm at Bridgwater Arts Centre.

Shane Paull, of McCarthy and Stone, said: “We have spent time carefully researching the architecture and character of the local area to ensure that what we are proposing is a sensitive fit to Bridgwater.

“Our project team will be at the exhibition to answer questions and listen to feedback and the comments we receive will help us tailor our proposals.”

McCarthy and Stone's plans do not include the Magistrates' Court, but there is provision for at least 20 parking spaces in the plans, which it expects to submit by the end of February.

Meanwhile the new police centre at Express Park is taking shape, with focus moved to the inside of the building.

A police spokesman said: “Floors are down, final decorations are being added and furniture has been ordered. The enquiry office, which will be open to the public, is making progress with designs finalised.

“The building is due to open in the spring, with police services moving in from the current Bridgwater Police Station.

“The local neighbourhood team will remain in the police station until autumn. Appointments with the local neighbourhood teams will move to Bridgwater House in King Square.”

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