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23 October 2014 – 337.2015-15 – Freedom of information request – Costs of relocating Police Headquarters


  1. How much, to date, has been spent on the scrapped headquarter relocation plans.
  2. Please give a detailed breakdown of receipts of where and how that’s been spent.
  3. Does the office of Mrs Mulligan forecast any more expenditure over these plans. If so, how much and on what.


Extent and Result of Searches

Searches were carried out within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and with the Northern Base project team. The information you have requested is held by both the OPCC and North Yorkshire Police.


To date, £611,662.21 has been spent on the Northern Base project. The breakdown is included in the tables below:

Costs Relating to Pre-Planning Application Work
Description Cost
Legal charges £12,865
Legal charges – disbursements £638.02
Highways inquiry, land registry fees £68.50
National Land Information Service & search-flow fee £52.59
Land Registry fees £6.00
Land Registry search of the index map (SIM) fees £4.00
Agent’s fees for negotiations £10,000
Valuation of an additional adjacent piece of land £1,100
Additional agent’s fees for negotiations £2750
Design Team Costs
Description Cost
Design Partner fees – RIBA Stages A & B £96,117.50
Design Partner fees – RIBA Stages C & D £399,075
Planning Consultant £22,500
Transport Consultant £24,849
Landscape Architect £15,000
Bat survey £1,368
Acoustic Consultant £5000
Arboricultural survey £2890
Ground Investigation and topological investigation £9175
Ecology Report £5000
Other Miscellaneous Costs
Description Cost
Planning application fees £1000
Statutory investigations £97
Catering £6
Hire of South Kilvington School for community consultation event £60
Community consultation materials £690
Consultancy services for public consultation £1350.80

The link below will take you to the Decision Notice published on the Commissioner’s website. The Decision Notice provides further detail about the decision to halt the plans to progress the Northern Base project as a result of emerging options. North Yorkshire Police had reached the point where they had gone as far as they should in preparatory stages and when the decision was taken to halt the project, only the work necessary to assess viability had been completed. The South Kilvington site was the preferred site for a number of months and prior to a planning application being submitted, work to assess the suitability of the site and the needs of North Yorkshire Police, was undertaken. The cost of completing this work should be balanced against the project budget of £26 million pounds, meaning that only 0.02% of the budget has been spent. At the stage it became clear that a saving of around £10 million could be achieved by pursuing the recommended alternative, the project was halted.

The Decision Notice is available here: