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£21.4m plan to build new council homes in Mansfield

24th July 2018

£21.4m plan to build new council homes in Mansfield

Mansfield District Council has agreed to a £21.4m plan to build more than 100 new council homes over the next five years.

Various parcels of council-owned land have been identified as being suitable for new housing and existing buildings identified as suitable for conversion into homes.  

On Tuesday 16 July the Full Council agreed to include the schemes in the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme.
The total figure 
of £21.4m is an estimated maximum which is expected to be off-set by other funding and will be split over five years.  

Some of the money is expected to be covered by 
the extra rental income from the new properties and reduced costs,including costs saved by the decommissioning of old and costly district heating schemes. 

Portfolio Holder for Housing Cllr Barry Answer said after the meeting: "This is really good news and an important project. We have 2,998 in priority need on our housing waiting list so there is clearly a demand for more social housing in Mansfield.  

We expect to deliver an extra 100 homes but it could be even more. Delivery will depend on how much work is needed before the build can begin on site the schemes are and will all be subject to obtaining planning permissions. The report pointed out that the costs are estimated costs and real costs won’t be known until the schemes go out to tender. 

"We know there have been comments that the homes seem expensive but dividing £21m by the number of homes is too simplistic and does not give an accurate cost per property.  

"Scheme costs always look expensive because the costs are not just for building the property but also for providing all of the necessary infrastructure.

"This can include site levelling, roads and footpaths, mains drainage and landscaping outside the boundary of the property, street lighting, and also includes provision for clearing and cleaning land.

"Although we have our own Architectural team who do the design work, we also have to allow for other professional fees such as planning application and building control fees, topographical surveys, site investigations, ecological surveys, structural engineers and mechanical and electrical consultants."

The schemes comprise: 

  • Ten new homes (four for shared ownership and six for rent) in Rosemary Avenue; work on site to start in 2018/19
  • 22 new homes for rent at Newark Way, Newark Close and Newark Drive; work on site to start in 2018/19
  • 36 homes for rent and shared ownership at the centre of Bellamy Road with open space provision; work on site to start in 2019/20.
  • 12 apartments for rent at Rock Court; work on site to start 2019/20 but will be subject to a feasibility study
  • 30 apartments for over 55s in Sandy Lane; work to start on site in 2019/20
  • 18 affordable homes for rent in Centenary Road (Phase 3) as part of the developer’s Section 106 obligations.

This is in addition to schemes already approved to refurbish eight flats on Shire Oaks to bring them back into use, and the conversion of two tenant meeting rooms to provide additional family accommodation and a specially adapted property for a disabled tenant.

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