A major project in Mansfield to build 77 high quality, eco-friendly and affordable council homes has been granted planning permission.
Mansfield District Council Planning Applications Committee approved the council's own scheme, which is on land off Broomhill Lane, on 31 August 2021.
The 77 homes include 48 dwellings for older people off Centenary Road, which will form the final part of the Poppy Fields development, and 29 family and general needs houses and apartments in a connected scheme but with an access separate from the Poppy Fields development. The construction costs are expected to be £14.8m.
All the homes will be offered for affordable rents and will be owned and managed by Mansfield District Council. Work on the schemes is expected to start in the winter and the scheme is in line with key council strategic priorities for Growth, Wellbeing, Aspiration and Place.
The council's in-house Architects are designing these homes to align with government carbon reduction targets and to the Future Homes Standard, expected to be adopted nationally by 2025.
The standard requires new homes to be fitted with low carbon heating and high energy efficiency with an average semi-detached home producing 75% to 80% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than one built to current Building Regulations.
Cllr Marion Bradshaw, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, Housing and Wellbeing, said: "This is a flagship scheme for the council's social housing strategy.
"Among the themes of this strategy and other council priorities are targets to develop a better and wider mix of housing across the district. This scheme, in particular, will help to address a district-wide shortage of two-bedroom bungalows.
"All the homes will be built to a higher specification than is currently required, to be in line with expected new housing standards, and make them flexible living spaces that can adapt to tenants' changing needs over their lifetime.
"This strategy to future proof this housing means they are a bit more costly to build than the average new-build.
"But as a responsible council, we want to do what we can to address climate change and give our tenants - many of whom in this particular housing scheme will be elderly and on fixed incomes - the opportunity to live in buildings which won't cost the earth to heat.
"They will not only offer an excellent quality of the life for the tenants who will live in them, the council's new procurement policy means the scheme will also provide work and supply chain opportunities for local people and businesses."
The development off Centenary Road (formerly Brownlow Road) is the third and final phase of a major council project to clear an area renowned for poor quality, low demand and empty housing and anti-social behaviour, and transform it with a total of 161 high quality council homes to rent, for older people.
The first and second phases for 64 extra care homes and a further 20 properties for older people were completed in 2016.
The final phase comprises 48 apartments and bungalows for older people with:
- 6 one bedroom apartments
- 26 two-bedroom apartments
- 16 two-bedroom bungalows.
All the housing for older people will be designed with wheelchair users in mind and the family housing will be built to the Lifetime Homes Standard. This ensures the houses can cater for any future changes to occupants’ health needs.
They will include features such as larger car parking spaces to allow disabled access, a large downstairs toilet which can be adapted to a wet room, larger halls and wider doors to allow wheelchair access and a main bedroom which has the potential for a hoist to be fitted to allow hoist access to the bathroom.
The 29 family and general needs homes will have separate access roads off Broomhill Lane. They comprise:
- 14 two-bedroom houses
- 10 three-bedroom houses
- 1 four-bedroom house
- 1 one-bedroom apartment
- 3 two-bedroom apartments.
The layout of the development will prevent car rat-runs and creates a pleasant low-traffic environment. It will be conducive for pedestrians and cyclists and also provide green corridors for nature.
The other major scheme the council is progressing is the Bellamy Road Community Heart Housing Development which includes demolishing existing shops and 11 flats in Egmanton Road.
In their place will be 22 new family homes built round a "village green" with a play area, learn to ride cycle track, plus a new single storey parade of retail outlets with a convenience store, cafe and takeaway.
There will also be a new traffic-calmed through road connecting Thorpe Road and Egmanton Road which will allow for improved bus connections through this part of the estate. Work on the scheme is expected to start later this year.
Work has also started on a scheme for four new council houses in Saundby Avenue. In line with the council’s Green agenda and commitment to lowering carbon emissions, the two-bedroom homes are being constructed to a Passivhaus design, which reduces their ecological footprint and results in them needing little energy for heating or cooling.
They are being designed and built with meticulous attention, according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany. There are only 195 Passivhaus certified homes in the UK and none in Mansfield.