Leyburn Police Station set to be turned into holiday lets

Leyburn Police Station. Photo: Gordon Hatton.

Plans have been drawn up to turn Leyburn Police Station into holiday accommodation.

A planning application has been submitted to Richmondshire District Council to convert the building into five two-bedroom flats for letting to visitors.

Buildings at the rear of the building would be knocked down as part of the plans, with an extension built at the back.

Vehicle access would be from the rear via Kelberdale Court, with the current archway at the front used for pedestrian access only.

Five parking spaces would be created in the rear yard.

Supporting documents submitted with the application state: “Cellar Door Architecture have been appointed by Johanica Ltd to prepare a planning application for the conversion to residential use with rear extension.

“This application seeks permission for the following: Change of use from police station (sui generis) to residential short-term lets (use class C1/C3), including demolition of dilapidated rear two storey garage, external store, rear
boundary wall and ground floor lean-to storage room, construction of new 2 storey rear extension to providing
residential external terrace amenity.”

The police station shut in 2021 as part of a cost-cutting exercise, with officers and staff moving to work from the nearby fire station.

For more information on the plans click here.




  1. I thought RDC were crying out for affordable houses!!!. Why on earth couldn’t this have been used for local people. They talk of retaining young people this would have been a perfect opportunity. Do we need more holiday let’s!!!

  2. I remember the days when this was a well staffed police station and we had PCs living in many dales villages. Now officers have to travel miles to an incident and have no local knowledge.

  3. It was the worst move that was ever made closing the police stations and police houses. When we needed the police we had officers who knew the local area inside out and personally knew the residents and built up a trust knowing that one of them would be able to assist in a heartbeat. Back in the past we had the best officers the Dales could ask for in Reeth, Bainbridge and Hawes, they were part of the community, officers like Mark R, Dick C, Tom L and Dave C. A combined team who provided proper local policing who we could rely on and they could rely on us.

    • There were PCs in many villages. My father was stationed in Middleham. Being ex army crime was very low!

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