A former police station in Barnstaple could become a new mental health provision if a planning application is approved.

An application has been submitted to change the use of the former Pilton police station in Youings Drive to a health service for Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

A supporting statement from agent Greenslade Taylor Hunt says the site will be used for mental outpatient treatment for adults and children, running from 8am to 8pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 5pm on a Saturday.

It also adds the change of use would complement North Devon District Hospital and ‘supplement the facilities on offer’.

The proposals would provide employment for 40 full-time and 10 part-time staff.

A spokesman for Devon Partnership NHS Trust said: “We provide a range of mental health and learning disability services from various locations in Barnstaple.

“We are currently reviewing our accommodation arrangements in the town to ensure they meet our long-term needs and continue to deliver the best possible value for money.”

Devon and Cornwall Police had occupied the building since 1982, but chose not to renew the lease in December.