Berry Hill gets underway

June 1, 2017 5:00 pm

Executive Mayor, Kate Allsop, has visited one of the area’s key development schemes following the start of on-site infrastructure works.  This first phase of the mixed-use Berry Hill Mansfield development will see the delivery of approximately 500 new homes.  Moreover, this is the first part of an urban extension to the south of the town.

Growth opportunity

The Berry Hill development received £8.5m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) earlier this year.  It will provide much-needed homes as well as creating jobs and business opportunities and varied employment land opportunities.  In addition, there will be a retail and leisure offering.

Kate Allsop is the elected Executive Mayor of Mansfield.  Kate said: “There is a real need for new housing locally.  And the large development at Berry Hill, currently underway, will be a fantastic site.  There will also be community facilities, such as shops, a school and a medical centre.  All this is in order to facilitate a new community within Ashfield and Mansfield.

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

Minimal disruption

Kate added: “With works now beginning on site we are keen to keep local residents informed.  Of course, there will be disruption but we are working with the developers to keep that to a minimum.  The HCA funding received will make a huge difference to our district.  As it will bring new homes, jobs and opportunities for local people.  The boost to the local economy will be significant.  And we are looking forward to seeing new homes available in Berry Hill very soon”.

Not only has work started on-site, but housebuilder Avant Homes has recently received approval on its reserved matters application for up to 99 new homes.

Lindhurst Group

Richard Bowden is the project representative for The Lindhurst Group, developers of Berry Hill .  Richard commented: “We’re very pleased work on this significant scheme is progressing ahead of housebuilders moving onto the site later this year.

“The support from the HCA is hugely important in allowing us to deliver this scheme, which will have a really positive impact locally.  It will have a real impact on the local economy through job creation.  As well as creating a community where people want to live, work and spend their leisure time”.

The Lindhurst Group is to develop some 480 acres of land.  In turn, this will deliver up to 1,700 new homes, a brand new primary school, children’s nursery, health centre and care facilities.  The scheme will also include serviced land for hi-tech research and development facilities, offices and industrial accommodation and leisure and retail uses.

Nottinghamshire County Council

Jas Hundal is Service Director for Environment, Transport & Property at Nottinghamshire County Council.  He said: “We’re delighted to see work starting on the Berry Hill development.  This will provide a massive boost to the economic prospects of Ashfield and Mansfield.  And a significant extension to the town’s southern boundary.  This is exactly the type of development and regeneration we envisaged when we built the Mansfield & Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR) back in 2004.

“This development will provide a significant local economic boost.  Bringing over £100 million of investment, creating new jobs, 1,700 much-needed new homes, over 40 acres of high-tech offices and commercial/industrial premises, a new school and many other community facilities”.

Mansfield District Council

Mike Robinson is Director of Economic Growth at Mansfield District Council.  Mike added: “We are extremely pleased that work has started on-site.  The much-needed, high quality family homes, employment and leisure opportunities this development will bring are vital for the regeneration and growth of the entire area”.

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