De­tailed plans in for first wave of cus­tom homes



BUILD­ING work on the first phase of an £8m project to build 40 cus­tomised homes in Snein­ton is ex­pected to start later this year.

De­vel­op­ers have sub­mit­ted de­tailed plans for the first 13 homes.

The hous­ing es­tate will be called the Fruit Mar­ket – and house­hunters have the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign their own homes.

Of the prop­er­ties in­cluded in the first phase, 12 are be­ing cus­tomised with the help of ar­chi­tects Letts Wheeler.

This stage in­volves de­ter­min­ing the size, lay­out and look of the homes.

Alec Ham­lin, de­vel­op­ment man­ager for de­vel­oper Blue­print, which is be­hind the project, said: “Since we started work­ing on the Fruit Mar­ket con­cept, we’ve seen the re­fur­bished Snein­ton Mar­ket trans­form into the hub of in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses the city has al­ways hoped it would be.

“This buzz of new in­no­va­tive and life­style-led busi­ness ac­tiv­ity has changed pub­lic per­cep­tions of the area and cre­ated an ex­cit­ing and soughtafter place to visit and live.

“The sub­mis­sion of the re­served mat­ters for phase one is a re­ally im­por­tant mile­stone for the phase one group.

“We hope to re­ceive ap­proval in the next few months, with con­struc­tion work on the new homes ex­pected to be­gin in the spring.”

The Fruit Mar­ket will be at the back of Vic­to­ria Leisure Cen­tre, off Brook Street and Bath Street.

Mu­si­cian Peter Beardsworth is buy­ing his first home there.

He said: “I chose the Fruit Mar­ket be­cause the houses looked so cool, of­fered good value for money and are in a great lo­ca­tion.

“I’m ex­tremely ex­cited to be liv­ing so close to the Lace Mar­ket.

“Plus, the abil­ity to adapt the de­sign to suit my needs re­ally ap­pealed to me. The process so far has been a lot of fun, co-or­di­na­tion on the project has been great and the group gets on well.”

Some res­i­dents and work­ers in the area backed the plans – but oth­ers raised con­cerns.

Steve Hol­land, 53, of Snein­ton, who works in cus­tomer ser­vice, said: “It’s good be­cause there’s a lot of stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion in the area but not hous­ing of other na­ture.

“It’s also a project that fits into the facelift Snein­ton is hav­ing at the mo­ment. I’m more in favour of it if the hous­ing is also af­ford­able as well.”

Wahid Ah­mady, 28, a re­tail worker who lives in Len­ton, said: “It’s a good thing for the young cou­ples with chil­dren as they could maybe live some­where like that. More houses here could help keep lo­cal busi­nesses go­ing with more reg­u­lar cus­tomers.”

How­ever, Ross Hol­brook, 23, who works at Vic­to­ria Leisure Cen­tre, next door, said: “Hous­ing is a prob­lem but build­ing more of it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily help with the big prob­lem of home­less­ness around here, so I’d think it was just as good use if shops were be­ing built, for ex­am­ple.”

Laura Ba­con, 35, who works for Not­ting­hamshire Wildlife Trust, said: “I agree hous­ing is needed but the de­vel­op­ers need to make sure the site is green still. It may not look very nice but there’s a lot of wildlife in this plot.

“I see loads of birds and in­sects in it just walk­ing by to work. I’m in favour if the de­vel­op­ers keep this in mind and keep the wildlife com­fort­able. It won’t be a good use if it’s just com­pletely cov­ered in con­crete like lots of other devel­op­ments in the city.”

The en­tire de­vel­op­ment, which will be built in three phases, is ex­pected to be ready by 2021.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the Fruit Mar­ket

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