Project turns Mansfield ASBO magnet into a home

NMAC11-2143-1'South Yorkshire Housing Association tenants Richard Clarke and Natalie Floyd are presented with champagne and flowers to celebrate moving in to their new home on Alcock Avenue.  Pictured with them are from left, Gary Kirk, chief executive on Meden Valley Making Places, Fiona Hooton from the Homes and Communities Agency, Coun Derek Evans and Strategic Housing Manager Rob Purser.
NMAC11-2143-1'South Yorkshire Housing Association tenants Richard Clarke and Natalie Floyd are presented with champagne and flowers to celebrate moving in to their new home on Alcock Avenue. Pictured with them are from left, Gary Kirk, chief executive on Meden Valley Making Places, Fiona Hooton from the Homes and Communities Agency, Coun Derek Evans and Strategic Housing Manager Rob Purser.

A MANSFIELD house which became a magnet for nuisance behaviour after being left derelict has been turned into a new home for one young family.

South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) tenants Richard Clarke and Natalie Floyd, with five-day old baby Summer, moved into the property on Alcock Avenue last week.

The property had been empty since 1997 and was refurbished with new windows, a kitchen, bathroom, thermal insulation and a complete redecoration throughout the building.

The revamp is thanks to a £1m pilot project led by Meden Valley Making Places (MVMP) and the SYHA, which aims to refurbish derelict homes in Mansfield and Bolsover.

Grants allowed the organisations to buy a total of 10 properties and they are now bringing them back into use for local people.

MVMP chief executive Gary Kirk said: “The first phase of the empty homes project is completed and it is very rewarding to see empty properties now occupied once again.

“We wish Richard and Natalie all the best for the future in their new home.”

The properties involved in the pilot have been made more energy efficient thanks to several renewable energy features, including photovoltaic panels to create electricity from daylight and reduce tenant utility bills.

The work has also created job opportunities for 23 local people, offering them training opportunities in a range of construction skills.

Mansfield councillor Derek Evans said this week: “This scheme has proved to be a very successful pilot project and will prove to be a good model for continuing the work to bring empty problem properties back into use.

“I would like to thank MVMP and other partners for an excellent scheme, enabling this house to be a home again.”

The scheme was made possible with grants from The Homes and Communities Agency, the Department for Communities and Local Government and SYHA as part of a national drive to bring empty properties back into use.

Tony Stacey, SYHA chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with MVMP to bring homes back into use for families in both Mansfield and Bolsover.

“The homes not only look marvellous, they also benefit from sustainability features which will both reduce the carbon footprint and the risk of fuel poverty for our new residents.”

MVMP has helped regenerate many mining communities in the area and tackled the problem of poor quality and low-demand housing.

Fiona Hooton, investment and regeneration manager for The Homes and Communities Agency, said: “There is significant potential to utilise empty homes in the effort to provide more high quality affordable homes for local people.

“This project has done that, as well as provided vital learning towards developing a larger scale model of refurbishing.”