Writing in the Nottingham Post on Sunday 23 May 2021, Anna Whittaker reported that the award-winning Lenton Green Estate is a very popular place to live, with residents there praising the 'fantastic' Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council redevelopment of what had been the site of the Lenton high rise flats.

Residents finding happiness in 'fantastic and peaceful' Nottingham council housing estate

It is a very popular place to live

Residents have praised a 'fantastic' award-winning council housing estate in Nottingham.

The Lenton Green estate, which was completed in 2018, is described as "peaceful" and "popular" by residents who live there.

It comes after a new poem and commemoration stone was unveiled this week at one of the city’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration projects.

The development won recognition in 2019 by the East Midlands region of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as a leading housing development, and one which delivers ‘exceptional design and architecture.’ 

Resident Norman Lees, 67, 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.

Richard Barrass, 73, 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."

Samrawit Debesay said: "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."

The Lenton Green site saw five 1960s high rises tower bocks completely demolished to make way for 142 homes, including bungalows, flats, family homes and an award-winning independent living scheme. 

The development, which was carried out by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes, has seen the area completely transformed and helped to regenerate that area.

The centre of the new neighbourhood features a green corridor – a place for wildlife and nature to thrive, and for residents to relax. On this green area, there is a large commemorative stone that will now hold a poem dedicated to the area.

The poem has been written by Lytisha Tunbridge, a Nottingham writer, poet, performer, with help from Lenton residents.

Speaking about the poem and dedication, Lytisha said: “I am delighted and honoured to have created this poem, incorporating the language of the industrial history of the area with conversations had with residents. I’d like to particularly thank Frank McCoid and June Roberts, who previously lived in the tower blocks and now reside in Palmers Court, for their contributions.”

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."

The Lenton Green development has won numerous design and architecture awards, is recognised by the National Housing Federation as one of their Great Places, and by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as an exemplar housing development in the region.

Residents finding happiness in 'fantastic and peaceful' Nottingham council housing estate - Nottinghamshire Live

Editorial Note: For some of the background to the redevelopment of the high rise site and the criteria adopted in the design and build of the Lenton Green Estate, visit this article The Nottingham Action Group :: Changing Lenton: The Why, How, What & When of the Lenton Flats' Redevelopment in the Key Issues/Building Neighbourhoods page of this website.