Work starts on Mansfield ‘war zone’ street

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Work to build 64 new homes on a patch of land that ‘blighted’ Mansfield has finally started.

Since taking over the Brownlow Road site at the end of August, contractor Keepmoat has created a site compound, put up hoarding, removed vegetation and begun levelling the site.

Foundations and a retaining wall are planned next.

Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, visited the site to see the progress and was joined by other dignitaries and representatives from Keepmoat.

The development is an extra care scheme, which enables people over the age of 55 who may have additional care needs to live as independently as possible with care staff on site 24 hours a day.

The bungalows, houses and apartments will be built in the style of a village with a village green and communal hub as the focal points. Work is due to be completed in November 2015.

Mansfield District Council owns the land and has invested around £11m preparing the site and will contribute just over £3m towards development.

Nottinghamshire County Council will provide up to £4m towards creating 48 of the homes including the ten bungalows for people with low-level dementia.

Mayor Tony Egginton, said: “It is exciting to see the work that has been done so far. The new homes will transform the street and surrounding area and be somewhere that we can be proud to say is in Mansfield.

“This is yet another example of what can be achieved through good partnership working and I feel sure residents in the area are pleased to see the commencement of the development.”

The road, which was once filled with crumbling terraced homes, was named Britain’s worst after being plagued by anti-social behaviour. One national paper even called it a ‘war zone’. The site was cleared in 2011.

Coun Joyce Bosnjak added: “The Brownlow Road site has been a blight on the local landscape for some time so it’s fantastic to see that work is starting on this ambitious project.”

“Part of the scheme includes extra care housing for local older people, which will help to retain their independence.”