The keys to Northallerton’s defunct prison have been handed over to Hambleton District Council – the building’s £1.4million sale to the authority was finalised this week.
It paves the way for an ambitious new masterplan for Central Northallerton to begin taking shape. It is expected to include provision for retail, leisure and workspace as well as new homes.
“This is a very exciting project for the district council – and for Northallerton,” said Leader of the Council, Coun Mark Robson
“Finally securing the building is the first step towards the regeneration of the town centre. The £1.4 million – which the council believes is a good price for the site – will be funded from our Economic Development Fund with all cash received as a result of the redevelopment ploughed back into this fund.”
The Ministry of Justice closed the prison in December 2013, 230 years after it initially opened as the county jail for the North Riding of Yorkshire.
During that time it had served as a military prison, a training prison for adults and latterly as a male young offender’s institution.
The 3.4 acre site in the centre of Northallerton includes five listed buildings – among them two female wings built in the 1800’s and the governor’s block.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “We have completed the sale of the former prison at Northallerton to Hambleton District Council as part of our plan to provide a fit-for-purpose, modern prison estate that provides the best value for the taxpayer.”