Two streets to be demolished in massive redevelopment

MORE THAN 200 homes on two Mansfield streets look certain to be flattened as part of a massive £14 million scheme.

MORE THAN 200 homes on two Mansfield streets look certain to be flattened as part of a massive 14 million scheme.

Exciting plans to transform the derelict Brownlow Road and Bould Street area would see the downtrodden streets dogged by some of the town's worst housing problems turned into a thriving new community.

The groundbreaking plans were revealed last week and would see residents "effectively airlifted" out of the troubled area while the whole site is rebuilt.

Mansfield district councillors have backed the redevelopment drawn up by consultants who say the plan is designed to rid the two streets of "dereliction and despair".

But the pioneering proposal can only go ahead if a 3.6m shortfall can be found with councillors admitting that funding is a crucial issue for the project's future.

And at a cabinet meeting last week, deputy leader (resources) Coun Lorna Carter warned: "We don't want to raise expectations within the community which would be difficult to achieve because that is just as bad as doing nothing."

The proposal was devised following talks last year with local homeowners, council tenants, private landlords and community groups.

Plans include:

The demolition of 213 homes, including 70 council properties.

The rebuilding of 80 new three-bedroom and 60 two-bedroom homes along with 50 flats and 30 OAP bungalows.

The buyout of 143 private homes and unused allotment land on Bould Street by the council and its partners.

Refurbishment of eight properties.

The next move in the redevelopment is to draw up a masterplan while potential developers will also be asked for their views on transforming the area into an all-new neighbourhood.

Council housing regeneration manager Don Smith says residents would be given the choice of being "effectively airlifted" out of the area - or returning to new, decent and affordable homes.

The consultants estimate their proposal would raise 10.8m - more than three times the area's current property value - to offset the bulk of the project cost.

Now talks are being held with housing associations and other parties to see how the rest of the money can be raised.