|Orion "Very Pleased" by Market Plan Approval|
And council says market "needs improvement if it is to survive"
The developers who plan to regenerate Shepherd's Bush Market say they are "very pleased" after being granted permission to go ahead by H&F council planners.
Richard Olsen of Orion Shepherd's Bush Ltd- a joint venture between Orion Land and Leisure Ltd and Development Securities - said on Thursday morning:
" The proposals will see the market regenerated and enhanced by introducing much needed investment and positioning it at the heart of a new high-quality mixed-use scheme.
"Our proposals seek to build upon its historic legacy, maintaining the diversity but at the same time implementing essential improvements to ensure the market becomes a destination in its own right."
As expected, outline planning permission for the redevelopment of Shepherd's Bush Market was granted by the planning applications committee on Wednesday, February 8 despite objections from many local traders, shopkeepers and residents.
One member of the group campaigning to save the shops at 30 - 52 Goldhawk Road from demolition who attended last night's Planning Committe meeting said: " As predicted, the lying LBHF have pushed through the outline planning application. It was a complete travesty and the lies are truly breathtaking. "
However, the council is also pleased to see the controversial plans get the go ahead. H&F Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, said: " There is very little doubt that Shepherds Bush Market needs significant improvement if it is to survive.
"People have been telling the council for many years that it needs to be protected and enhanced and these plans will ensure that it will flourish, with more people visiting and market traders enjoying a more secure and prosperous future. We fully recognise the market’s rich heritage and character and this scheme will build upon its diversity to reaffirm the market as one of London’s leading tourist destinations.
The council says that Orion Shepherd's Bush Ltd, or OSBL, has promised to maintain the independent character of the market by building on the individuality of businesses that have traditionally traded at Shepherds Bush. Their strong, local character is a vital ingredient of the market’s appeal.
However, this is not the end of the matter. Owners of the shops at 30-52 Goldhawk Road have been granted a Judicial Review of the plans to demolish the premises, which date back to the mid-19th century, on the grounds that the the council did not follow proper planning procedure. This will go to to the High Court on May 15 and 16.
February 9, 2012