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City estate to get 200m facelift

The Meadows
A more detailed proposal is expected to be put forward in the autumn

A major redevelopment scheme has been approved for a Nottingham estate.

There are plans for a new shopping centre, traditional street layouts and the remodelling and refurbishment of 1,400 homes in The Meadows.

It is hoped the project will undo many of the perceived planning mistakes of the 70s and reduce crime, unemployment and anti-social behaviour.

The council, which had asked for £200m from the government, confirmed on Friday it had been awarded the money.

'Real excitement'

Proposals include turning some houses around to face the streets, enclosing back gardens and removing alleyways and dark corners.

A consultation process is taking place to form a Meadows Neighbourhood Plan, which should be completed in the autumn.

Nottingham City Councillor Alan Clark, who is responsible for neighbourhood regeneration, said: "There's a real excitement in The Meadows.

"People are celebrating down there, because this fits in with their vision for the whole area."

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