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Teddington: Row breaks out over sell-off of another London police station

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row has broken out over the sell-off of another police station after Sadiq Khan rejected a bid to turn it into a GP surgery and affordable housing.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is believed to be seeking to complete the sale of Teddington police station by the end of March for an estimated £6m.

But more than 2,100 residents have backed a campaign seeking to “repurpose a public asset for the public good” rather than having it sold off to the highest bidder and turned into luxury flats.

In a further twist, a Government minister has revealed that MOPAC does not have to secure “market value” for the site – meaning it could consider the wider benefits of converting the building into a GP surgery, community centre and affordable homes.

This came after Lib-Dem MP Munira Wilson successfully challenged the approach from MOPAC that it was required to raise as much cash as possible to reinvest in front-line policing.

Ms Wilson, MP for Twickenham, said the mayor also needed to consider the “crises in health and housing”.

She said: “It is my belief that MOPAC does not have to sell to the highest bidder and can take community need into consideration.”

The rival bid for the police station was from Park Road Surgery, which operates from an outdated Victorian house on the opposite side of the road that is not fit for purpose, and a housing association.

They proposed retaining the ground floor as a health centre, alongside community space, and building 33 flats in the floors above, all of which would have been affordable.

It is thought the GPs’ bid was about £2m lower than highest bid from a property developer.

Dr Nick Grundy, a partner in Park Road Surgery, said he was “frustrated” that the wider community benefits of retaining the building in public use were not being considered.

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