Sunday 28 November 2021
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Nottingham

One of Nottingham’s largest council housing developments moves forward

One of Nottingham’s biggest council housing developments has taken another big step this week, as Nottingham City Homes appoints a construction delivery partner.

Planning permission to build up to 130 council homes in Bestwood was granted last year.

The homes, which consist of two and three bedroom houses, bungalows and flats, which are all in high demand from local families in the Bestwood area, will be built on land off Beckhampton Road.

Following a tender process, national house builder Lovell Partnerships has been awarded the contract for one of the biggest Building a Better Nottingham developments in the city.

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Once built, they will be owned by Nottingham City Council and managed on their behalf by Nottingham City Homes. They will be let to households on the city’s council house waiting list at affordable rents.

The site used to be a playing field for the former Padstow School, which closed more than a decade ago, but after consulting with Sports England, the field is no longer required for its former use and has been released for housing. However, around 50% of the site will be kept and improved for publicly accessible green open space.

The plan is to start on site later this year.

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham needs a mix of all different types of housing, from homes for families, flats for couples and single people, to bungalows.

“Working with Nottingham City Homes and partners, we’ve been transforming unused sites like the one in Bestwood into new council homes for affordable rent for those people most in need.

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“Building social homes, not only helps to address Nottingham’s housing need, but also encourages investment, creates jobs and helps to support local supply chain businesses which will be increasingly important as the city recovers from Covid-19.”

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “The Beckhampton development gives NCH and the Council a great opportunity to provide much needed council homes for local people in Bestwood, and I am delighted that we have appointed Lovell Homes as our construction partner for the development.

“They will help use to not only create safe, warm and modern homes for the area, but they will work with us to transform the green and open space as part of the development which the whole community can enjoy.”

Chris Timmins, Area Director East Midlands at Lovell Partnerships, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed on this scheme to deliver much-needed council homes to Nottingham residents. This is a significant scheme of 131 units, reflecting our status as a leading Partnership Housing Specialist in delivering high-quality mixed tenure developments, land-led contracting and design and build contracting and reinforces our expansion drive into the East Midlands.”