Detailed plans in for first wave of custom homes
DEVELOPERS OPTIMISTIC OVER FRUIT MARKET SCHEME
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