Council to build new bungalows at Bonington Road

MANSFIELD District Council has given the go ahead for the building of three new bungalows at Bonington Road, Mansfield, as part of its commitment to providing affordable social housing.

The two bedroomed bungalows will be built on cleared garage land owned by the Council. Two of the properties will be available for the over 60s and one will be let to disabled people, regardless of their age. Planning permission has already been granted for the site.

The properties are likely to have rainwater harvesting, whereby rainwater is stored in an underground tank and reused within the bungalows and toilets. Consideration is also being given to the installation of underfloor heating.

The bungalows will be offered in the first instance to existing tenants, who are currently living in larger properties and wish to downsize. This will enable the larger properties to be freed up and matched with tenants who need more bedrooms.

Portfolio Holder for Housing Strategy and Regeneration, Coun Derek Evans said: “These properties demonstrate our commitment to providing high quality, environmentally efficient homes at affordable rents. We are one of the few Councils in the country building new social housing. We are currently looking at other small sites around the District for future development opportunities.”

It is hoped that building work will commence at the beginning of next year.

The decision to build the properties follows on from the success of the development of 44 new Council houses at Bellamy Road Mansfield and Laurel Avenue, Forest Town.