Derelict flats in Mansfield could be bulldozed

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Derelict blocks of flats, garages and an old community centre in Mansfield could be soon bulldozed if a planning application is given approval.

The application has been submitted to the planning committee by Mansfield District Council, who are keen to pull down the site which has only served to attract vandals and arsonists in recent years.

It consists of five blocks of vacant three-storey flats on Victoria Court, the community centre on Moor Lane, and the garages on Princes 
Street.

If given the green light, it would make way for development.

In order to pull the dilapidated structures down, the council also needs to acquire a European Protected Species licence after a survey found a single bat emerging from one of the block of flats.

The council had snapped up the sites earlier this year with a view to allow a new housing development to be built. They were once owned by the council, but were sold to Finsbury Estates Ltd for £1m in 2004.

However, the firm went into administration and failed to make use of many of the blocks.

It was thought that the buy-back price for the council was in the region of £240,000.

Coun Mick Colley, portfolio holder for tenancy services and housing needs, said previously: “This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the area by removing what has become an eyesore.