The owner of a business which could be replaced by student accommodation says he “doesn’t really know what’s going on” as construction work begins.
It comes after concerns were raised by a Nottingham MP that the scheme would impact the “cultural and historical significance” of the nearby area, based at the popular Sneinton Market.
Described as “Nottingham’s newest place to be,” the market is a place to eat, drink, shop, socialise and create.
The part-redevelopment of the Exchange Building began construction on Monday, November 29, 15 months after the 85-bed project was approved by planners.
Murat Food Centre in Sneinton Market is supposed to be built on as part of the plans, but its owner said he does not know what’s happening with the project.
“We don’t know much about it”
Murat food centre owner
He said: “We don’t know much about it.
“I don’t really know what’s going on, I’m the owner of the company, I don’t own the building.”
Nadia Whittome, Labour MP for Nottingham East, previously said she is not impressed with the change and urged Nottingham City Council’s director of planning to reject the application last year.
She said: “Sneinton Market is an iconic hub of creatives and independents that has immense cultural and historical significance in our community.”
Sneinton Market is an iconic hub of creatives and independents that has immense cultural and historical significance in our community.
I’ve written urging the Director of Planning to reject an application to replace several Sneinton Market shops with student accommodation. pic.twitter.com/LRFWTyWHkV
— Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) July 3, 2020
A petition calling for the plans to stop last year gathered almost 5,200 signatures, with organisers saying the project would give Sneinton Market traders an “uncertain future”.
However, despite the petition and Ms Whittome’s calls, the plans to add a further 85 flats were approved in September 2020.
- The market has coffee, craft beers, and a variety of food outlets, quirky gifts and cool clothing.
- Their Plaza is an attractive venue to hang out with friends where you can enjoy live music events, market stalls, performing artists, musicians, entertainers, designer makers and much more.