New housing earmarked for sites in Bulwell

Henry Mellish school
Henry Mellish school

THE ICONIC former Henry Mellish Comprehensive School is among a list of sites earmarked for new housing in Bulwell over the next 15 years.

Nottingham City Council has released initial details of plans for eight pockets of land throughout the town, including some pinpointed to boost employment.

The plots are included in the Local Development Framework (LDF), which will provide a blueprint for how Bulwell’s future will be shaped. However the exact numbers of houses or precise details of possible developments have not been revealed.

The most eyecatching proposal is that to redevelop the Mellish site on Highbury Road, which is classed as ‘brownfield’ (previously used) land.

The building has stood empty since Mellish combined with the former River Leen Comprehensive to create the £23 million Bulwell Academy on Hucknall Lane.

No details have been divulged yet as to whether the building will be demolished, whether parts of the historic façade will be retained or whether the whole plot will be used for housing.

New homes could also be built on the site of the Bestwood Day Centre on Bestwood Road. This provided places for adults with learning difficulties and was closed by the city council earlier this year to save money.

The ex-Stanton Tip, off Cinderhill Road, is the biggest area of land lined up in Bulwell as part of the LDF.

Smaller pockets on Belgrave Road/Lillington Road, Linby Road/Filey Street, Bestwood Sidings, off Hucknall Road, and Hucknall Road/Southglade Road, Bestwood Estate are pinpointed for employment use.

The energy park proposed for the Blenheim Lane allotments is also included in the LDF.

A full consultation will be launched next Monday by the city council and will run until Monday November 21. Opinions from the public will help form the next stage of the plan.

Coun John Hartshorne (Lab), a Bulwell member of the city council, said: “The developments will be positive for the population in that they will have more choice of housing, and more jobs could be created.”