Plans almost eight years in the making to redevelop the ‘community heart’ of the Bellamy Road estate in Mansfield have taken a major step forward.
Proposals to revamp the area were initially put forward in 2013, including plans to demolish flats and old shops in favour of a ‘village green’, housing and refurbished community facilities.
Mansfield District Council pushed forward with the move before the plans were put on hold due to financial issues surrounding rent income.
It meant the council was unable to generate the funds for the scheme, with the council setting a planned capital budget of £5 million.
However, the authority now has funds to move forward with the scheme and will send the budget for approval by councillors at the end of the month.
Once approved, the authority will then submit its formal planning application for the development and aim to begin construction this year.
The proposals have been through consultation with residents groups and the local community.
There would also be a new road built through the centre of the estate – with an amended bus route – and eventually a new shop.
In the report, the council said the plans will regenerate a “neglected estate centre”.
The council’s report states: “The masterplan was prepared to address the physical and socio-economic constraints within the estate and its aim was to create a more inclusive and sustainable community where residents chose to live, bring up their children and enjoy a better quality of life.
“The proposals will provide 22 new council-owned family houses as well creating a ‘village green’ with an equipped play area, children’s cycle path, seating, a new shop and premises, new CCTV provision, fruit trees for a community orchard and raised beds.
“Key to the development is a new, traffic calmed road joining Thorpe Road and Egmanton Road which will allow for a revised bus route that will go through the centre of the estate.
“This will reduce the need for those residents living in the centre to have to walk to the outer road for the bus service.”
Among the 22 homes will be three four-bedroom properties, eight three-bedroom homes and 11 two-bed houses.
The need for the development has been welcomed by a spokesperson for the estate’s community group.
However, doubts have been cast over some of the proposals and the delay to the scheme.
Kerri Daft, who recently led objections to a nearby housing development, told Nottinghamshire Live: “Without a shadow of doubt we need it redeveloping.
“The whole estate needs it though. Parking putting in, rubbish bins on here, drop kerbs for the disabled. So much stuff needs doing on here.
“But the idea of a road going straight past the park seems stupid when they could have put housing facing the park and the road behind.
“It just makes sense to put the new housing where the road is proposed to go and the road where the houses are to go.
“I think we will be lucky to get a shop, there was talk about running a community shop.”
Mansfield District Council hopes to begin construction work in the estate by around October or November 2021.