Housing estate set for facelift

Proposals by Mansfield District Council to improve the former crime blackspot include plans for new homes, a village green and retail development as well as a new play area.

The authority also wants to improve the area’s lighting, parking and landscape, and council chiefs have drawn up a list of plans with architects and planners for the housing estate.

Residents can have their say on the new project during a series of exhibitions taking place over the next fortnight.

The proposals have been drawn up taking into account comments received from residents in surveys carried out in 2006 and 2009.

Residents were asked what they did and did not like about the area and what they wanted to see improved.

In 2009, concerned residents gathered a petition together in a bid to rid the estate of drug dealers and gangs of youths who were terrorising the neighbourhood.

But the estate, which was built in the 1960s to house some of the area’s miners, has already undergone a number of changes in recent years with more than 50 flats demolished on the site as part of the initial regeneration project.

Coun Kate Allsop, portfolio holder for economic regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said the proposals reflect feedback given by people on the estate.

“Residents of the Bellamy Road estate have made it very clear to us what they think needs improving to make the estate a more pleasant place to live,” she said.

“This masterplan aims to address these points and sets out what could be done to make improvements to areas across the estate.

“I would encourage residents to look at the proposals and let us have their thoughts, as the comments we receive will help shape how the estate will be transformed in future years.”

The plans also include the development of a playing field adjacent to Adams Way, building new family housing and improving security and privacy to some of the bungalows on Thorpe Road by building boundary walls to the properties, providing private gardens.

The plans will also be available for people to view at the YMCA Community Cafe on the Bellmay Road estate, from today (Friday) until 14th November.

Representatives of Mansfield District Council, along with their partners and consultants, will be on hand to explain the proposals and answer questions.

l There will be another exhibition at St Peter’s School Community Centre in Mansfield on 19th October from 2-6pm.

A fourth exhibition will be held at Places for People Neighbourhood Management Office, on Redruth Drive in Mansfield, on 20th October from 2-6pm.

Residents can also view the proposals and complete the questionnaire online at www.mansfield.gov.uk.