New developments in Mansfield

March 27, 2018 9:51 am

There are a quite a few prospective new developments happening in and around Mansfield.  In addition to the recently announced hotel on Stockwell Gate North, another hotel is proposed on the One Call Stadium.  Not only that, but there are also plans to redevelop the former brewery site and the Old Town Hall.

One Call Stadium

The first of these new developments is a hotel proposal at Mansfield Town FC’s stadium.  Indeed, it is estimated that this could create at least 25 new jobs.  Of which 17 would be full-time and eight part-time.  An application seeking permission to build a 100-room hotel at the One Call Stadium, off Quarry Lane, was recently submitted.  There could also be further seasonal work and other temporary positions supporting One Call Stadium’s events, functions and conferences.  In addition, the hotel’s construction could create up to 48 FTE posts during its 18-month build programme.

Hilton

Planning documents also confirm that luxury hotel chain Hilton is “committed” to the project.  Sarah Green is Development Director for UK and Ireland at Hilton.  Sarah said: “Our stadium partners have commented that a hotel on their site means the stadium turns into a 24/7, 365 days a year operation.  As opposed to just being busy on event days.

“We have seen examples where this has really driven increased business usage and attracted regional investment to towns.  For all these reasons we believe that the stadium location represents the most attractive location for us in Mansfield.   And it will provide a distinctly separate offer from any other hotel which may be promoted within the town centre.”

Furthermore, a letter from John Radford, the football club’s Chairman, claims a Hilton hotel would significantly increase Mansfield’s profile.  It states: “We are all committed to the development of Mansfield Town.  And enhancing the contribution it makes to the community in terms of our performances on the pitch.  This proposed development will help us increase our contribution to the economy, to local businesses and raise the profile of the town.”

The Old Town Hall

The second of these developments is the iconic building on the town square.  Mansfield District Council is pushing ahead with £1.4m plans to give this historic building a significant revamp.  This forms part of its wider town centre regeneration plans.  The Old Town Hall will be reopened by transforming the ground floor into indoor retail units.  And the upper floors into offices, bringing the building back into full use by early 2019.  The first time in more than 30 years.

It is one of the flagship projects in a wider council “place shaping” strategy to breathe new life into the town centre.  And raise the district’s profile as somewhere to invest, shop, visit and live.  Furthermore, the council has earmarked over £733,000, 50% of the cost, to re-bring the Old Town Hall into public use.

The plans

The Town Hall proposals include completing the renovation to the main council chamber and grand stairs.  The work will also improve the Grade II listed building’s accessibility.  This will be effected by providing level access and improved toilet facilities to the public areas.  As well as fully accessible offices.

It is anticipated the retail units could potentially attract craft and artisan businesses.  This would help enhance the town centre as a shopping destination for both residents and visitors.  The offices on the upper floors, occupying a prestige location in the town centre, will be let.

To enable these alterations, an application to grant listed building consent has been supported by the council’s Planning Applications Committee.  This was completed after consultation with Historic England, the public body championing England’s historic environment.  It is currently with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for further consideration.  However, it is expected to get the go-ahead.

Funding

Half the second phase of renovations’ cost will be covered by a grant from D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership.  This LEP funds projects that stimulate economic growth in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.   D2N2 has confirmed that it has set aside £7.6m to reinvigorate Nottinghamshire towns and local centres.  And Mansfield District Council will also be applying for a share of that pot.

A funding package is expected by the end of March, allowing the project to move forward.  Work is scheduled to commence in spring 2018 and due to be completed by the end of the year.  During which time the Old Town Hall will remain closed to the public.  This latest project follows £550,000 of essential repairs to the building’s roof, chimneys and structure in 2016.  Moreover, it will mean the building will be fully used again.  For the first time since 1986 when it ceased to function as a town hall.

Executive Mayor comments

Kate Allsop is Executive Mayor of Mansfield.  Kate said: “Now that D2N2 has confirmed this funding is available for towns in the county to apply for, we are extremely keen to move ahead with this scheme as soon as possible.  Improving the appearance of the town and instilling a pride of place are priorities for the council.  This is to attract business and investment opportunities and encourage the community to think positively about their town.

“Bringing this glorious landmark building back into public use will be a wonderful achievement.  And bring an economic lift to the town centre.  It is one of the main strands in our overall regeneration vision and strategy for the town that we aim to put in place over the next five years.”

The town centre vision includes plans for a hotel on the site of the old bus station near Walkden Street.  And a scheme to revitalise the Leeming Street buildings with the help of an application for nearly £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Former Mansfield Brewery

And finally, Mansfield District Council is helping to bring forward plans to redevelop the old Mansfield Brewery site in order to provide much needed rented housing in the town.  The landmark site off Littleworth has been derelict for 15 years after the brewery went into liquidation in 2001.

The council is keen to facilitate development of the site as part of its wider strategy of regeneration.  And raising the image of Mansfield as a good place to live, work and visit.  It has therefore taken the decision to reduce the land charges associated with the former brewery.  And to remove further barriers to development.

Wise Living Homes Ltd. has come forward with plans to acquire a large part of the site.  And build 75 private rented apartments of one to four bedrooms.  The council has agreed a reduced Land Charge fee in return for specific conditions to be met.  These include the site progressing within six months and completing within 24 months of planning approval.

Cllr Roger Sutcliffe is Portfolio Holder for Finance.  Roger said: “We don’t own this site.  And we’ve been waiting for a long time for a third party to come along and do something with it.  It is really important that this key brownfield site is given a new lease of life.  And this housing plan is a serious regeneration scheme for this part of the town so we want to do everything we can to bring it forward.”  Cllr Sutcliffe made the delegated decision on this matter on 26 February.

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