Work to finally begin on Mansfield’s Brownlow Road

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A contractor has been appointed to begin the £8.4m re-building of a Mansfield street once dubbed the ‘worst in England’.

Developers Keepmoat has been awarded the work to build the 64 bungalows, homes and apartments for elderly people on Brownlow Road, and is expected to be finished by November next year.

All homes on the troubled street were finally bulldozed in 2011 after it was persistently blighted by crime and anti-social behaviour.

Mansfield District Council is working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council to develop the site for pensioners in order for them to live independently.

Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, said: “I am delighted that work is due to start imminently on this exciting new development, which will enable older people to remain living independently in their own homes, while having more choice and control over their care.

“We are committed to regenerating the area, increasing the provision of new homes and supporting our most vulnerable residents.”

Coun Muriel Weisz, chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s adult social care and health committee, said: “It’s great news that we are about to start work to create this extra care development, which will give local older people an alternative to traditional residential care if they can no longer live at home.”

The district council, which owns the land, has invested around £11m preparing the site and will contribute just over £3m towards the development.

The county council will provide up to £4m towards creating 48 of the extra care homes including ten bungalows for people with low level dementia.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has provided £1.3m in grant funding.

For people who want to down-size but remain a homeowner, there will be 10 shared ownership properties - five two-bed bungalows and five two-bed houses.

In addition to the homes, there will be a range of communal facilities including a multi-purpose activity room for social and health related activities to promote improved well being.

Smaller private spaces will be provided for assessment, treatment and advice for residents, carers and people from the surrounding community.