A strategic urban extension of Mansfield has just passed a major milestone with the completion of a new secondary road.
The Lindhurst development is a £250million site being built in Mansfield, south of Berry Hill, which will expand the existing community and provide new homes and jobs for the area.
More than 500 homes have already been built and occupied. It is delivered by the Lindhurst Group, a partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council, Westerman Homes and Lindhurst Jersey Ltd.
When complete, the 480-acre site will provide new community and commercial space worth an estimated £100million a year to the local economy, as well as up to 1,700 new homes.
It is expected to generate up to 4,000 new jobs and include 31,000 square meters of commercial space and almost 190,000 square meters of work space.
The new £3million one-kilometre secondary road runs through the center of the site, connecting it to the Adamsway roundabout on the A6117.
Funded by D2N2, the backbone road will provide access to the neighborhood center planned for the future community, which should include shops, a health center, a new primary school, a crèche, retirement homes and offices.
A community park and other green spaces are also planned, as well as a hotel, gas station and roadside restaurant. Local bus links and greenways will also be put in place.
Now that the road is complete, housing, retail and employment developers can move into the land in preparation for the opening. The road will open as the occupants are ready, over a period of a year or more.
The road construction works are being carried out by Balfour Beatty and supervised by the Arc partnership. The workforce is local, with 27% living within 10 miles of the project and a further 56% between 10 and 20 miles. In addition, more than 95% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
MP Ben Bradley, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I am really pleased to see good progress being made on the Berry Hill site. This will bring millions to the local economy, thousands of skilled jobs and contracts for local businesses.
“It also creates hundreds of much-needed new homes for Nottinghamshire. It’s part of our regeneration plans for Mansfield and the rest of the county, so we can build back better and bring more prosperity, investing now, so we can create a better place to live for future communities.
“I think it will be a fantastic neighborhood for families, workers, people who already live nearby and those we will attract as the neighborhood expands. It will include amenities and green spaces, and I think that will be a real asset that we can be proud of.
Will Morlidge, Managing Director of D2N2 LEP, said: “D2N2 is delighted to invest £3 million in completing the Lindhurst development, underlining our commitment and confidence in Mansfield now and in the future.
“Sustainable mixed-use development incorporating attractive yet affordable housing, employment opportunities and community facilities is essential to revitalizing our major cities and helping to level the region.
“The Lindhurst program will attract new skills and jobs and provide opportunities for young people to stay and thrive in Mansfield.”
Richard Bowden, project representative for the Lindhust Group, said: “The Lindhurst Group is delighted to see the secondary road project come to fruition.
“It paves the way for key elements of Berry Hill such as the local centre, the site of the new primary school and nearly 500 new homes, including 170 affordable homes, and connects to the employment area to the east of development.
“The group is grateful to D2N2 LEP and Nottinghamshire County Council for helping to make this possible.”