Housing plans set to be drawn up for former Yate magistrates’ court site
THE former magistrates’ court in Yate is set to be knocked down and the site used for housing.
Government housing agency Homes England wants to demolish the courthouse in Kennedy Way before submitting an outline application for residential development.
The North Avon Magistrates’ Court building closed in 2016 after a review into magistrates’ courts across the country was completed. Cases are now heard in Bristol.
The premises date from 1982, have five courtrooms, 12 custody cells and used to deal with adult and youth criminal cases from across South Gloucestershire.
It cost about £288,000 to run the building in 2014-15, during which time it only operated at 28 per cent of capacity, and a report for the review said running at that level did not justify keeping it open.