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Artist’s impressions show plans for retirement village at former Metal Box factory in Mansfield

Artist’s impressions have shown how developers plan to transform the site of a former Mansfield factory into a huge new retirement complex.

The plans, at the former Metal Box factory on Rock Valley, have been submitted to Mansfield District Council with the hope of “rejuvenating” the derelict brownfield site.

The factory land has remained derelict since production ceased on-site in 2010, with most of the building which once produced Quality Street tins almost completely demolished.

However, the historic and listed clock tower remains in place at the huge site – and developers have unveiled proposals which would give the site a new lease of life.

The proposals, submitted by developers Walker Homes and Jackson Design Associates (JDA), propose turning the site into a 77-unit retirement complex – all while retaining the historic tower.

If approved by the council, it would bring 44 apartments, four maisonettes and 29 bungalows to the site which is just a stone’s throw away from Mansfield town centre.

The development is aimed for the over-55 community, with developers Walker Homes describing the plans as a “high-quality retirement village”.

A spokesperson for the company said: “We are looking to build a high-quality retirement village that provides a diverse selection of bungalows, maisonettes and purpose designed apartments in a secure gated community, that has the benefit of all the local amenities that Mansfield Town Centre has to offer the over 55s community.

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“The development will provide substantial open communal garden areas with the benefit of full access to the River Maun embankments.”

Confirming news of the development in December, a spokesperson for Jackson Design Associates added: “The 3.1-hectare site lies a stone’s throw from Mansfield Town Centre and will comprise eight apartments within the Mustard Mill building, four maisonettes, 36 apartments in the Clock Tower building, and 29 bungalows.

“The River Maun, which runs through the site both in open air and within below ground culverts, is to be made into an integral feature of the design.

“It is hoped the development will provide a sustainable future for the retirement community at the heart of the town, whilst rejuvenating a landmark site with historical importance.”

Below are artist’s impressions of the development, which will go to planners on Mansfield District Council later in 2021.

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