'Friendly' Sneinton social club to be demolished and replaced in plan to house vulnerable people

A once-beloved Nottingham social club could soon be demolished in a bid to create more housing for vulnerable people. The former Nottingham Building Trades Social Club on Thurgarton Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, could be knocked down and replaced with supported living accommodation under new plans submitted to Nottingham City Council.

The club, where members made use of a bar, snooker hall and meeting room, was listed for £500,000 after its permanent closure. Loyal punters said the venue was a "friendly" place that had a "great atmosphere" in its heyday.

Hockley Developments Ltd now want to reduce the disused building to rubble and build a 12 one-bed flats in its place, along with communal spaces and areas for the staff who would support residents. The developer plans to build one apartment block with cycle storage, a secure bin store as well as a private outside courtyard to the rear.

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"These dwellings are well designed to create a contemporary and vibrant place to enjoy," the firm explained in a planning document. The company's planners said the development would help Nottingham City Council meet the growing demand for supported living provision.

The proposal is designed for people who require low levels of support to help them live independently, Hockley Developments Ltd added. The building will be staffed 24 hours a day, with the level of Nottingham City Council-commissioned care varying from resident to resident. .

A planning document, submitted by Lauren Kirby of Hockley Developments Ltd, said: "The proposal for the supported living accommodation is a positive development forNottingham City Council and the local community of Sneinton. The design approach takes into consideration the surrounding context and uses sustainable materials and technologies to ensure an efficient and eco-friendly building.

"The development will help to meet the needs of individuals waiting for supported living accommodation while also improving the overall appearance and functionality of the area." The planning application is pending consideration by Nottingham City Council.