10:36 am 4 June 2022
Once the scene for catching crime, a city building will now be used to keep people informed and entertained.
The old police station on the corner of Woodcock Road and Arminghall Close in Upper Hellesdon is to be used as a radio station.
Future Projects, a charity founded in NR5 to help disadvantaged people in the area, recently obtained planning permission from the town council for the radio station.
This means that a six meter pole will be installed at the rear of the building with an antenna.
Future Projects – formerly known as the NR5 Project – runs many projects and initiatives in the region, such as Future Radio, Future Support and Future Education.
Charity chief executive Daniel Childerhouse was listed as the applicant for the radio station plans, which planning officers recommended for approval before he was given the go-ahead.
A previous change of use planning application to convert the police station into a community resource center for future projects was approved in November 2014.
The charity has since used the site as a drop-in center called The Box opposite Woodcock Road Surgery.
Neighboring properties in Woodcock Road received letters advising them of the radio station’s plans – which received no objection.
A consultation response from an anonymous neighbor said: “I have no problem with the use of these premises as a radio station.
“But I would like to see what the cycle parking looks like for staff and volunteers. There is room for visitor parking out front, even perhaps with a shelter which should be robust against vandalism .”
The plans also called for the permanent preservation of a small portable building at the rear of the building which served as a community tool store.
Future Projects and Trustee Chairman Mike Stonard have been contacted for comment.
The town charity was founded in 2000 by two volunteers who had become “increasingly frustrated with social exclusion, poverty and the lack of support available in their community”.
For more information visit futureprojects.org.uk.