MAJOR plans to regenerate Pleasley Hill have moved a step closer after Meden Valley Making Places (MVMP) was chosen to bring forward the scheme.
Mansfield District Council has appointed the local regeneration organisation to breathe new life into the area by demolishing the run-down properties and building new homes.
And work could soon start on buying properties from their owners and knocking them down after the council allocated 960,000 in capital funds towards the redevelopment.
Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton said: "It is a big organisation, Government backed and Government funded. It allows us to give those people that have been suffering all this time a marvellous step forward.
"MVMP will now be seeking developer interest. It is very exciting. It has been very frustrating for the people of Pleasley Hill but hopefully it will happen sooner than we thought. Let's hope we can get a quality developer coming forward."
Chad reported last month how the council had signed an agreement with landowners of two large sites next to the MARR road so they could be included in the regeneration of Pleasley Hill — with a range of housing and employment sites planned.
The 960,000 allocated to the area by the authority was part of its capital programme for improving private housing across the district, which was approved last week.
The total scheme will lead to 2.7m being spent this year, including projects at Mansfield Woodhouse, Newgate Lane and Warsop Vale, where external improvements to groups of properties will be made.