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New prison gets the green light

New prison gets the green light

A new prison in East Yorkshire has been given planning permission.

Council planners gave the green light to plans for the £100 million Category C jail at Full Sutton, despite some local objections over its possible visual intrusiveness in a rural area and proximity to the A166 amid fears of increased traffic congestion. 

Some of these concerns were raised by local MP Sir Greg Knight, but he has expressed support for the prison. In March, he said: "This is very welcome news for East Yorkshire. The construction phase alone will create hundreds of jobs and provide a boost to local businesses."

There is already a jail at Full Sutton, a high-security facility with a capacity of 600, and the new prison will stand next to it.

Comprising 11 buildings of up to four floors in height, it will cover 21 acres and house up to 1,000 inmates.

The development is the latest in the government's £1.3 billion prison-building programme, which is designed to provide 10,000 more spaces across England and Wales by 2020 to ease overcrowding. In addition, new and modern prisons such as Full Sutton and the recently-completed HMP Wrexham are designed to provide the necessary facilities to help programmes of rehabilitation, designed to reduce the risk of prisoners reoffending after their release. This benefit was cited by Sir Greg Knight in his March statement in favour of the jail, when he remarked: “Creating the right conditions to re-educate and retrain people who have fallen foul of the law is vital."

As well as building new prisons, old ones have been closed or will be, creating opportunities for redevelopment. Famous jails like Dartmoor, Reading, Lancaster and Shrewsbury have been shut.

Indeed, a couple of these closed prisons have earnt particular fame for the incarceration of the Kray twins. In 2014, Canterbury Prison was bought by Canterbury Christchurch University in order to redevelop the site as student accommodation. 


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