New life for former rental car garage on famous Notts Road


A disused car rental garage based on a prominent site on the outskirts of Mansfield town center could find new life as developers come up with plans to bring it back into use.

The former Europcar rental building at the junction of Stanley Road and Nottingham Road has been empty for several years and has not been open since before the pandemic.

Work has been underway on the site for a few weeks to give the land a facelift.

And now a Mansfield-based company called High Oakham Service Center has confirmed plans to turn the land into a car service and MOT center.

The proposals, submitted to Mansfield District Council this month, say the building would be used for car servicing, servicing, repairs and MOTs which would be carried out by trained professionals.

Documents confirm that three members of staff would park outside 192 Nottingham Road, next to designated MOT bays, as agreed with the site owner, while one member of staff’s moped would be parked inside of the workshop.

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The company adds that it expects deliveries of packages or parts to the site “on a daily basis, two to three times a day”.

But it says all deliveries to the site would be made in the workshop, with the company not expecting delivery vehicles to park for “extended periods”.

The documents add: “Customers will have fixed time slots and will not be parked on the street in parking spaces for more than 15 minutes.

“Their vehicle will be moved to the internal work bay for maintenance, repair or MOT to be carried out.

“There will be no noise from the workshop as all equipment and machinery has been made airless and run on electricity.

“Hours of operation are listed Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We have had to specify to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency a 12 hour window to carry out any annual MOT safety inspections, so we are proposing to operate between these hours at peak times of the year.

“[This is] generally from the end of February to the end of August.

If approved by council, the new venture would be based on the A60, one of the busiest routes to Mansfield town center and close to the Mansfield Leisure Park shopping area.

This shopping area includes Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Odeon, McDonald’s, Nandos, Bella Italia and Apollo Bingo.

Council planners are expected to review the plans later this year.

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