Housing lifeline for key eyesore

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A FORMER eyesore site in Bulwell is set to be given a lifeline with an eyecatching £3.5 million scheme for family homes and a new park area.

The land, at the junction of Highbury Road and Latimer Close, has been empty since unsightly and boarded-up one-bedroom flats were demolished last year.

Since then, Nottingham City Council has maintained the derelict land to to prevent it from becoming a haven for fly-tipping and hotspot for anti-social behaviour.

Now, Keepmoat Homes — a specialist building firm — has won a contract to transform the site with 39 new houses. These would consist of two, three and a small number of four-bedroom properties.

The proposed park would border Highbury Road and incorporate a new play area. This would replace the playground next to Latimer Close, which is run down and vulnerable to anti-social behaviour because it is hidden from view.

Keepmoat has carried out numerous highly-praised developments for local councils across the Midlands and the North of England.

The company’s regional head of land and partnerships, Shaun Fielding, said: “We are delighted to have won the contract for the Bulwell scheme.

“Our award-winning homes display innovation and style, yet they are attractively-priced to appeal to first-time buyers and movers.

“We want the Bulwell scheme to help regenerate the community and stimulate the housing market there. We pride ourselves on our homes being visually very attractive but also affordable.

“In keeping with all our schemes, there is a strong emphasis on green space.”

For security reasons, a barrier and self-closing gate would be provided on the Highbury Road side of the play area.

An ‘information session’ about the proposals was held in the communal lounge of the adjoining Chatham Court old people’s flats.

Coun Alan Clark, a Labour member for Bulwell Forest ward on the council, said: “We have always wanted to keep residents informed about proposals for the vacant site.

“The session allowed members of the public to discuss the ideas Keepmoat and the council have for the site. We hope the scheme will come before councillors for the planning go-ahead at the end of February.

“Strong support for the plan was shown at the session. But one thing we have overlooked is a name for the proposed development.”

Anyone who has a suggestion for a name or would like to express a comment about the project is asked to contact Simon Powell on 0115 8763518.

n OUR PHOTO shows an artist’s impression of what the proposed new houses would look like.