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Nottingham council housing estate celebrated by residents

The Lenton Green estate, developed and owned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes, has received praise from residents.

The estate was completed in 2018 after five 1960s high rises tower bocks were demolished to make way for 142 homes, including bungalows, flats, family homes and an award-winning independent living scheme.

The development won recognition in 2019 by the East Midlands region of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as a leading housing development.

One resident Norman Lees, said: "It’s fantastic here. I was on the streets for about two weeks in Wollaton before I moved here a few years ago.

"It’s worth it now I am here. It is so lovely and there's a nice community. We can hear the students at night but I’d still recommend it. I didn't even know this place was here before I got my home."

Another, Richard Barrass, added: "I’ve only been here four weeks but it has been good so far. It is very quiet, I've got no complaints over noise.

"I've not really been out yet, only for shopping anyway, so I've still got to find my way around. What I like about it is, I now have the doctor and a chemist within walking distance. When I lived in Basford I had to get two buses to get there. It’s quite hard to get a place here, it is very popular."

A third resident, Samrawit Debesay also spoke of the quietness: "It’s peaceful and nice around here. It’s a lovely place to live, I love it and I have been here for three years. There needs to be more places like this in Nottingham."

Nick Murphy, Chief executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “This new green space is the jewel in the crown of the Lenton Green development. It was always the plan to have a green heart in the centre of the housing, a place for wildlife and nature to thrive, and for residents to relax.

“Spaces like this can bring a community together and help forge strong social links – and any public space deserves some public art.”

Cllr Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing and Heritage at Nottingham City Council, said: "We have been transforming neighbourhoods across the city, and creating a variety of quality homes and Lenton is a prime example of how we are not just building new homes, but completely transforming areas of the city."