Council plans for eyesore Mansfield Brewery site backed

BLUEPRINTS setting out how two areas of Mansfield town centre should be developed have been agreed by district councillors.

Planning guidance documents for the crumbling Mansfield Brewery site and the Stockwell Gate South area establish how Mansfield District Council would like to see the two locations developed.

They were approved at a council meeting on Thursday after being consulted on last year and were welcomed by councillors.

Coun Christine Smith said the areas were 'dark and dingy' and it was important the council had planning guidance in place to improve them.

And Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton said: "We are all pleased to see this happen. We have got a couple of blackspots that we don't want to turn into the General Hospital site saga."

The document about the brewery says the council has a vision for a sustainable mixed-use development with a range of offices and leisure activities, such as a restaurant or a hotel, with a residential area providing a range of housing types.

The site has been a magnet for vandals and firebugs since it ceased operations in 2001 and the buildings are due to be demolished soon to clear the way for a developer.

And the Stockwell Gate South planning document says it aims to create an 'exciting and inviting gateway to Mansfield', providing a link between the new transport interchange –– which is planned to open in 2010 –– and the town centre.

The vision for this area includes a retail-based mixed-use scheme, which could include offices, cafes and community facilities.