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How housing development will look

Posted onPosted on 30th Jul
How housing development will look

Residents have been offered their first glimpse of the new housing development that is set to transform Brownlow Road in Mansfield.

The computer-generated artists’ impressions released by Mansfield District Council show the 64 properties – a mixture of bungalows, houses and apartments – built in the style of a village with a village green and communal hub as the focal points.

A 3D tour of the redevelopment is available to view at

The development is known as an extra care scheme, which is an extension to traditional supported housing where older people with additional care needs can live as independently as possible with the reassurance that care staff are on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The communal facilities include a kitchen, lounge and television area and two multi-purpose activity and meeting rooms to enable residents to interact with each other. The communal areas will be developed according to the residents’ wishes. There will also be an allotment space and sensory garden.

There are 10 one-bedroom bungalows for people with low-level dementia, which have separate communal areas and are built around a secure courtyard with landscaped gardens, water features and potting sheds.

The development includes ten shared ownership properties (five two-bed bungalows and five two-bed houses) for people aged 55 and over who wish to remain owning a home but want to downsize.

The appointed contractor Keepmoat will start work on the redevelopment at the end of August and the scheme is due to be completed by November 2015.

Mansfield District Council is working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) to provide the £8.4m development.

The project will boost the local economy by creating jobs and training opportunities and through the use of local suppliers.

The District Council, which owns the land, has invested around £11m preparing the site and will contribute just over £3m towards the development.

The County Council will provide up to £4m towards creating 48 of the homes including the ten bungalows for people with low-level dementia.

The Department of Health has provided £1.3m in grant funding through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Care and Support Specialised Housing programme.

The redevelopment of the site will be managed by the District Council and once completed the properties will be let by the District Council to people nominated by the County Council that have extra care needs.

The extra care scheme is the first of three stages to redevelop Brownlow Road and Bould Street. The next stage is to build 20 properties in a similar design and the final stage is for 80 family homes.

This is just one of several housing developments being planned by Mansfield District Council to increase the provision of affordable housing across the District.

The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, said: “This scheme is exciting on many levels as it meets three of the Council’s key aims which are to regenerate the District, provide decent homes and support our most vulnerable people.

“We are always working to improve the lives of people in the District and this project gives us a great opportunity to develop a range of specially adapted properties, which will cater for elderly residents.

“We are also keen to regenerate the District and make use of land that is available to develop. This new housing development will re-vamp the street and the surrounding area and be somewhere that we can be proud to say is in Mansfield.”

Coun Muriel Weisz, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “The plans really bring the scheme to life and it’s such a transformation when you compare it to what the site looked like a few years ago.

“We want to create a development that is an attractive proposition for older people who want to retain their independence as much as possible whilst having support on site if required.

“There are also communal facilities for activities that will keep residents active and help prevent loneliness.”