Housing for eyesore site

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THE green light has been given for a £3.5 million housing scheme which will transform a former eyesore site in Bulwell.

Nottingham city councillors have granted planning permission for 40 new homes to be built on Highbury Road and the Latimer Close play area.

The development, to be carried out by Keepmoat Homes, will comprise 12 two-bedroom, 27 three-bedroom and a single one-bedroom house. They will be a mix of semi-detached and detached two-storey buildings.

The land earmarked for the scheme has been empty since unsightly and boarded-up one-bedroom flats and a block of garages were demolished last year.

Since then, the council has maintained the derelict site to prevent it being targeted for fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.

The development was warmly welcomed at a public consultation meeting in January, although the council received objections from a resident and the Environment Agency.

The council chose Keepmoat Homes, an award-winning specialist building firm, as its development partner for the site and pledged to invest £947,000 to support the scheme.

A new play area is to be set up near Highbury Road, with a barrier and self-closing gate provided to enhance security.

Keepmoat’s head of land and partnerships, Shaun Fielding, said it was hoped the scheme would help to regenerate the community and stimulate the housing market with attractive but affordable homes.