Revamp of St Ann's is on track
THE regeneration of part of St Ann's has moved a step closer to completion.
Plans to build 111 new homes at the Stonebridge Park Estate, off Carlton Road, were approved this week.
And cash for the makeover of the Rocket Park play area on the estate has also been promised.
The latest plans are a continuation of the regeneration of Stonebridge Park, which began in 2009, with several parts of the estate already built.
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Building firm Keepmoat was given £620,000 from the Government's Get Britain Building fund and is working in partnership with the city council on the development.
Resident Richard Pearson, 55, of Belle Vue Court, had been writing to government ministers asking for money to be spent in the area.
He said: "We're quite pleased with the whole development.
"It's going to be a really good thing for St Ann's. It should make the area brilliant and a nice place to live."
The application for 111 new homes constitutes phases 3 and 6 of the regeneration project and relates to the eastern and central areas of the Stonebridge Estate.
City councillors have also pledged £11,000 toward the redevelopment of Rocket Park – a play area which sits in the heart of the estate.
Barry Crofts of Eastham Close, has been living on the estate for 32 years.
The 61-year-old said: "It's all being done well. It's good news. I walk my dog in Rocket Park and that will look a lot better."
The development of the estate involves 258 new homes and the upgrading of 243 existing houses.
Councillor Dave Liversidge said he was pleased the latest plans had been passed. "We're going quicker than I ever imagined in the area," he said.
"We need to get that park working for local residents.
"I think it's going to be an attractive area whether for council tenants or people in a bought house."
The new houses will be made up of 31 two-bedroom-houses and 81 three-bedroom-houses. Eight of the houses are due to be low-cost housing units, with the rest of them for sale as private homes.
Shaun Fielding, regional head of land and partnerships at Keepmoat, said: "It's a privilege for Keepmoat to work with Nottingham City Council and residents to continue the redevelopment of the Stonebridge Park area of St Ann's.
"The site will offer buyers the opportunity to own a home on the doorstep of the city centre, but for a fraction of the cost of a city-centre flat."