It was announced on the BBC Breakfast show today that there are plans to build a new prison in Runwell, near Wickford in Essex.
Planning permission is to be sought to build the new prison on land surrounding the site of a mental hospital. Planning permission has not been given yet. In 2006 permission was given to build new homes on the site.
The government needs to increase its prison capacity to reduce overcrowding that has been plaguing Britain’s prisons for years now. The Runwell Prison will be a category B prison and hold 1000 to 1500 inmates, many possibly serving life sentences.
The prison will create 800 new local jobs and boost the local economy by around £17 million.
The Ministry of Justice will be seeking outline planning permission for the new prison soon and we want to hear local views and discuss upcoming issues around the proposed development.
The plans are on show at the Runwell Hospital Sports and Social Club until Thursday 5th November and then at Christ Church in Wickford on Saturday 7th November.
Map of the proposed access to the Runwell prison site.
For further information about the public exhibitions or meetings please contact the Ministry of Justice on email: [email protected]