Further funding for Brownlow Road plans

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More than £1.34 million additional funding is to be pumped into a housing scheme for a derelict Mansfield street.

Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council will receive the grant, courtesy of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), as part of their multi-million re-development of the Brownlow Road site.

The street was once dubbed the worst in Britain because of anti-social behaviour and high crime rates but was bulldozed in recent years.

Ambitious plans are now in place to build 64 bungalows, houses and apartments for the elderly on part of the five-hectare brown field site.

The district council - current owner of the land - has invested around £11m preparing the site and will be contributing just over £500,000 towards the development.

The county council will be committing £3.4million towards the project to create 48 extra care dwellings including 10 bungalows for people with low level dementia.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015, providing planning permission is granted.

Coun Derek Evans, of Mansfield District Council, said: “I am delighted we have been successful in securing this grant and I look forward to receiving the details of the award prior to making my recommendation to council.”

A report into the plans will be considered at a meeting of Mansfield’s full council on 24th September.