Legal issues causing Pleasley Hill housing delay

Pleasley Hill demolition site.
Pleasley Hill demolition site.

Delays in a multi-million pound re-development of Pleasley Hill are being caused by legal issues, a leading councillor has confirmed.

A new housing complex is due to be built on the recently cleared site, off Chesterfield Road North, and it was initially hoped work would be have started before now.

Over 180 homes have been demolished in recent years to make way for the new housing, which is to be built by developers Westbury Partnership, a subsidiary of Persimmon Homes.

By by this time last year, only two houses remained and there was talk that the 
first homes would have been 
built as early as March 2013.

But there has been little progress so far in terms of building, although it is hoped work will being soon.

Mansfield District councillor, Derek Evans, who is the portfolio holder for housing strategy and regeneration, said: “We are currently progressing legal agreements with the Homes and Communities Agency and the 
developer Westbury Partnerships.

“Although this has taken longer than anticipated, we expect these will be finalised shortly.

“Both the council and the developer are committed to the Pleasley Hill scheme, which will include 151 new homes and some commercial facilities.

“Once the legal agreements have been signed, a planning application will be submitted with a view to starting building the first new homes later this year.”

The rows of old terraced houses had stood for more than 120 years and were initially built for workers at the nearby Pleasley Colliery which shut in 1983.

Mansfield District Council bought the homes in the late 1970s, but in recent years they fell into serious disrepair.

The decision was taken to bulldoze all of the homes in 2004 and begin a housing project from scratch, although it took several more years for all the residents to be re-housed.

The last residents left in 2012 and work on knocking down the crumbling empty homes began.

This time last year just two houses remained on the 3.96 hectare site.

The council sees Pleasley Hill as the ‘gateway to Mansfield’ and the plans are to build 150 new homes.

It is hoped the development will help the meet the council’s affordable housing needs.