City of London Corporation secures new operational base for local Police

The City of London Corporation Planning Applications Sub-Committee has resolved to grant permission for a planning application, subject to the completion of a planning agreement, to adapt parts of the Middlesex Street Estate.


The facility will deliver an operational base for the City of London Police, utilizing six vacated shop units on Gravel Lane and parts of the Basement, Ground Floor, as well as the disused First Floor car park on the estate. The scheme will also involve the re-landscaping of the podium with its community garden along with a community facility and an increase in greening and biodiversity along with upgraded security, cycle parking and storage facilities for existing residents. The scheme was developed following comprehensive engagement with the local community.


The new Eastern base will ensure a policing presence remains in the east of the City following the closure of Bishopsgate Police Station and includes personal safety training facilities, for the local community. Meanwhile, the estate office currently housed in Artizan Street Library will relocate to a new facility at 20 Gravel Lane, alongside a resident’s gym.


Chairman of the City of London Corporation Planning and Transportation Committee, Shravan Joshi, said:

“The Planning Applications Sub-Committee’s decision to approve the new Eastern Base for our local police ensures that a strong police presence will remain across the City, as well as providing a range of new facilities for local residents. The quality of engagement by the applicant with the local community was exemplary and was applauded by members of the Committee.”

“The City of London Police are a vital component of the Square Mile, ensuring the hundreds of thousands of people who work and live here, as well as the visitors and tourists who come to experience our unparalleled culture and heritage, feel safe and secure.”


Construction works also continue at Salisbury Square, the future City of London Police headquarters. The new HQ remains on track for completion in 2026 and to be fully occupied by a significant number of local police in 2027.