Mansfield’s development plans for Stockwell Gate North moved a step closer as the District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, Cllr Roger Sutcliffe, upheld the original decision to sell the site, following a call-in of the original decision.
The site has been declared surplus to the council’s requirements and will now be acquired by the ARBA Group for re-development.
Mansfield’s ARBA Group is looking to build an 80-bed hotel with roof terrace, restaurant, café, bar and gym. The proposed scheme also includes a piazza and open space along with other landscaping. The firm will continue negotiations with Mansfield District Council and national hotel, food and drinks operators to bring the plans to fruition over the next two years.
Executive Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop says: “We are very pleased that our long term vision to regenerate the town centre, coupled with the desire to establish a much-needed hotel in Mansfield, have taken a step closer. Redeveloping this key gateway site will make the town centre an inviting and enjoyable place to visit and stay, and this will in turn help to create a thriving and sustainable district.”
Speaking on behalf of the ARBA Group, Managing Director Richard Burns says: “This is a fantastic site in Mansfield and will act as a gateway development for the town centre. It’s the ideal location for a hotel and associated leisure facilities, and will help drive footfall into other town centre shops and businesses.”
Richard added: “Being local, we know that Mansfield is a perfect location for exactly this type of development. It is surrounded by a number of hugely popular tourist destinations and we need to be making sure that when people come to this area, their hotel stay is in Mansfield.”
The council has continually looked for opportunities to redevelop the site in order to address the regeneration aspirations for the town since 2013, when the old bus station was relocated.