Mansfield social housing project sees 230 applications

More than 230 families have applied to live in the first council homes built in part of Nottinghamshire for decades.

Mansfield District Council said the first 10 homes on Bellamy Road Estate would be available by the end of March.

Under the £5m project to build the first council houses in the area for 30 years, 43 homes will be built.

Officials said the demand for the development meant they would be looking at new projects to meet the need for social housing.

Councillor Heather Henshaw, portfolio holder for housing said: "For many years government rules made it impossible for councils to build new homes and as a result we were left with an imbalance in the types of property we had available and a shortage of family homes.

"Now those shackles have been loosened and demand for social housing is increasing we have ambitious plans to bring forward more developments like this in the future."

The authority has put in £2.5m of funding for the scheme, with the other £2.5m coming from the government's Homes and Communities Agency.

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