The battle to see the derelict buildings on the site of the former General Hospital removed is one step closer to ending.
Mansfield District Council has applied for permission to demolish the run-down site by October and hopes to have it ready for redevelopment by April next year.
The move comes just weeks after council chiefs announced that the site’s owner, Mumtaz Hussein Adam, had agreed to sell it without a compulsory purchase order.
Speaking at the time, Roy Bainton, chairman of West Hill Residents’ Association, said: “It has been like climbing a mountain for the last 15 years.
“I just hope the next stage will see some sensible development come about.”
The 1.3-hectare site is made up of a wide variety of buildings, the oldest of which dates back to before 1900.
Last year the council considered acquiring the site through a compulsory purchase order (CPO), but has successfully negotiated with Mr Adam to buy it without the need for one.
Mansfield Labour group leader Martin Lee said urging the council to seek a CPO had put pressure on Mr Adam and forced him to the negotiating table for a reasonably-priced sale.
Meanwhile, a council spokesman said they could not disclose how much had been paid for the buildings as the information was exempt under the Local Government Act 1972.