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Council to sell dilapidated garage sites

A Nottinghamshire council is due to start disposing of its unwanted garage sites, which it says will help to cut anti-social behaviour.

Four parcels of land, where residents can rent a garage or have built their own, have been earmarked for sale.

It follows a review into council-owned garage sites across the district.

Some are in good condition and in high demand, while others are described as being “beyond economical repair” with little interest.

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Meadow Close

A review has been carried out into which sites should be retained and whether any could be suitable for affordable housing development.

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The council’s cabinet is due to recommend the sale of four sites – all currently unused – which require significant investment and where there is low demand.

The first crop are:

  • A derelict site on Ashgate, Sutton-in-Ashfield, whose shape makes it unsuitable for housing
  • A plot on Forest Street, Annesley where six self-built garages have fallen into disrepair
  • A six-garage site on Meadow Close, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • An area on Lancaster Drive, Hucknall, which is used as unofficial parking by residents.

A report which will go before Cabinet on Monday, January 29 says: “Changing use will also help tackle issues of anti-social behaviour that have become evident on some of the sites.”

It also notes: “A small number of sites have been fenced off and secured due to the garages being in a dilapidated state, beyond economical repair.”

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Forest Street

The council says it considered a wide range of factors, including income, level of demand, how much investment is needed, and alternative parking in the local area.

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