On Friday 3 July, Test Valley Borough Council completed the purchase of the Andover Magistrates’ Court site from the Ministry of Justice.
The Council has been working closely in partnership with Hampshire County Council to acquire the site since it ceased to be used as a Magistrates’ Court.
Building on the very successful arrangements for the existing shared public sector hubs in both Romsey and Andover, Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council will together now be exploring options for this latest opportunity in Andover town centre.
In the meantime the Council will be submitting a planning application to use the car parking area around the Magistrates’ Court for additional town centre pay and display parking, which will be particularly valuable to customers of the Leisure Centre.
Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Ian Carr, said: “I am delighted that we are now in a position to announce the purchase of the Magistrates’ Court. We have been working closely with Hampshire County Council for a long time to acquire the site.”
“This is another important addition to the Council’s property portfolio, which now gives the Council a strategic freehold site stretching from Western Avenue and West Street to Marlborough Street and Chantry Street. I look forward to moving forward with the site development.”