Mansfield pensioners voice fears over council homes plan

Elderly residents who live at a housing complex for the over 55s in Mansfield have criticised plans to build 93 council houses ‘on their doorstep’.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 11:26 am

The development forms part of a Mansfield District Council £14.8m scheme to provide eco-friendly homes at an affordable rent for older people and families on derelict land off Centenary Road.

It would see the expansion of Poppy Fields, with 48 homes for older people, 16 bungalows and 29 houses and apartments and is the ‘third phase’ of the council’s vision to provide affordable housing in the district.

But the plans have been with criticism from residents in the neighbourhood, who say properties for families are not suitable for the area,

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An artist's impression of the Mansfield District Council council homes. Pictured is the Poppy Fields development, off Centenary Road.

Marlene Lewis, 81, said: “We don’t want this on our doorstep. There’s a lot against it, some don’t like to say. Residents want a calm, serene existence, not families with children playing outside.

“I’m a grandmother and great grandmother, I love children, but we are concerned that family homes mean children on bikes, making noise. It’s not what over 55s living is about.”

There are also concerns over an increase in traffic in the area, which is close to Chesterfield Road South.

There are plans for social housing to be built near Centenary Road in Mansfield.

Pat Rathbone, 79, said: “Old and young living together doesn’t work. It’ll increase noise with kids playing out and more traffic. You take your life in your hands going onto Chesterfield Road.”

But Coun Marion Bradshaw, portfolio holder for safer communities, housing and wellbeing, said the scheme is ‘designed to suit the needs of the community’.

“The mix of affordable housing is designed to suit the needs of the community and the properties will be owned and managed by the council,” she said.

"The layout aims to prevent car rat-runs and create a pleasant low-traffic environment. Nottinghamshire County Council as the highways authority are consulted on all planning applications.

“The pandemic has not affected the way the public can have their say. The plans are still at the design stage but once submitted, there are various ways to comment on planning applications. See: https://www.mansfield.gov.uk/planning/comment-planning-application-1

“Although the Poppy Fields hub remains closed for the safety of residents, in line with government guidance, our ASSIST service staff remain on hand to provide residents with help and assistance.”