Berry Hill, Mansfield attracts £8.5m in HCA funding

March 21, 2017 4:07 pm

A multi-million pound mixed-use development in Mansfield has taken a significant step forwards.  The development has recently secured a funding agreement from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).  Furthermore, it is hoped that this new development could create up to 4,000 new jobs.

The developers

Berry Hill Mansfield has been awarded £8.5m in funding from the HCA.  This ambitious scheme will not only provide much-needed homes for west Nottinghamshire, it will also create jobs and business opportunities.  The development includes a new innovation park, varied employment land opportunities as well as a retail and leisure offering.

Richard Bowden is The Lindhurst Group’s project representative, the developers of Berry Hill.  Richard said: “This is an incredibly important scheme for Mansfield.  We’re all absolutely delighted that the HCA is able to support us in delivering it.

“Berry Hill will provide a significant economic boost, creating up to 4,000 new jobs and new homes for the area.  We want to create a community where local people want to live and work.  And something the wider community is proud of.”

The funders

Nick Walkley is the Chief Executive at The Homes and Communities Agency.  Nick said: “The £8.5m loan agreed will ensure that 1,700 much needed homes in Mansfield are built.  This will support he infrastructure to make sure that building can go ahead.  As well as providing homes for local people, this mixed-use development will also create significant employment.”

The community

The Lindhurst Group is to develop some 480 acres of land on the Nottingham side of Mansfield.  Effectively an urban extension to Southern Mansfield.  The scheme will comprise serviced land for hi-tech R&D facilities, offices and industrial accommodation as well as leisure and retail.  In addition, other facilities will also be built as part of this development.  This includes up to 1,700 new homes, a brand new primary school, children’s nursery, health centre and care facilities.  Infrastructure works associated with the first phase of development have now begun.  Furthermore, housebuilders are expected on-site later this year.  This initial phase will include delivery of approximately 500 new homes.

The support

Kate Allsop, elected Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said: “There is a real need for new housing in Mansfield.  And Berry Hill’s large development with community facilities like shops, school and medical facilities is good for the district.

“We are starting to see the detailed plans for a phased development.  This will entail a good mix of housing and employment land.  It will be good to see plenty of open spaces and play areas for the new families to enjoy.  This has been a long time in the planning.  Therefore I’m excited to finally start to see the detailed plans followed by new homes coming forward.”

Cllr Joyce Bosnjak is Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council.  Joyce said: “We are delighted that the Homes and Community Agency has approved funding for this development.  Of course this will provide a significant boost to the area’s economic prospects.  In addition, I am thrilled that it will be the first in Notts to incorporate healthy people, healthy communities principles.  These prioritise the need for people to be active as part of their daily life.  In this regard, Berry Hill acts as an exemplar for future developments.”

Cllr Dave Saunders is Portfolio Holder for Regeneration at Mansfield District Council.  Dave added: “We’re very pleased that the project is finally moving forward.  And glad that the bid for funding has been successful.  We would like to thank the HCA for supporting this scheme, bringing considerable housing and business use to the area.  This will be of great benefit to our district on completion.”

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