Disused Mansfield meeting room set to be demolished and replaced with social housing

Mansfield District Council looks set to go ahead with plans to demolish a disused meeting room and replace it with social housing, a report from the authority states.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:53 pm

The council applied for planning permission last year to knock down the Saundby Avenue tenant meeting room on the Ladybrook estate and to replace it with four new council homes.

Permission was then granted to demolish the building by the authority’s portfolio holder for safer communities, housing and wellbeing in November, subject to planning permission being granted.

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Saundby Avenue, where the development looks set to take place

And in a delegated decision set to be made by the council’s head of housing on May 11, the council is seeking to appoint building contractor, Edwinstowe-based Robert Woodhead Ltd, to carry out the work.

The report states: “The council’s recently adopted procurement strategy has, at its heart, promoting community wealth and local benefit.

“It is one of the priorities of the strategy to focus on providing the maximum benefit for Mansfield district as a result of local council and partner institution spend.

“As Woodheads are a local company they have a Mansfield-based supply chain. They also employ 14 people who live in the Mansfield district. This development will contribute to local supply chain spend, thus benefiting the local economy.

“By awarding the contract and delivering the development it will develop a better and wider mix of housing across the district.”

It is not yet clear when work on the £757,915 project will start.

The authority had considered retaining the building and converting it, but decided better use could be made of the site by demolishing it.

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