Following a change in the policy of the Devon & Cornwall Police the Grade II* 19th century Police Station and Magistrates Court, which sits on the remains of the medieval Tavistock Abbey, became surplus to their needs.
The DHBT purchased the buildings, and during the following three years the Trust maintained the buildings to keep them weather tight. The Trust also put in hand the necessary support work to enable a future owner to move forward the regeneration of the buildings.
Suitable sustainable long term purchasers were sought, and the buildings are now in the ownership of Tavistock Town Council who seek Grant funding to convert the buildings into a World Heritage Interpretation Centre.
The Role of DHBT – Buy and preserve
The DHBT may buy and preserve a building until a sustainable long term solution is found. The DHBT may sell the property to secure a new future within the local community.