Decision Maker Response
Boris Johnson’s response
Feb 11, 2016 — Dear Petitioner
Thank you for the petition submitted on change.org about the future of Shepherd’s Bush Market.
The Mayor recognises that small, independent market traders make a vital contribution to London’s diversity, history and character. Markets like Shepherd’s Bush are culturally important as centres for local communities, and economically important as places of self-employment and entrepreneurship.
That is why the Mayor has been supporting and celebrating London’s street and covered markets through his overarching High Streets agenda. Over the last five years he has invested in 85 high streets, including direct support to over 50 existing and new, outdoor and indoor, regular and occasional markets.
The Mayor also backs markets through London Plan policy which supports the range of local markets, including street and farmers’ markets, and prevents the loss of retail and related facilities that provide essential convenience and specialist shopping.
In the case of Shepherd’s Bush Market, the Mayor’s report on the original planning application recommended that mechanisms to secure continuous operation throughout the development process and preserve the market’s unique character were clarified and secured via legal agreement. This was to ensure that the unique nature and character of the market is protected.
The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF) accordingly placed conditions on the consent and included schedules within the S106 legal agreement which should provide adequate protections for market traders. It is primarily a matter for the borough to ensure the planning conditions and S106 agreement are being addressed satisfactorily.
However, the Mayor is keen to ensure that the process of arriving at solutions to the outstanding conditions and S106 requirements is transparent and fair. Officers in his Regeneration Team have been in contact with colleagues at LBHF to check that progress is being made on these issues, that the consultation process is robust, and that market traders’ voices are being heard.
The Regeneration Team have worked with LBHF, Shepherd's Bush Market Tenants' Association and Orion Shepherd’s Bush to install an independent chair for the Steering & Liaison Group. An officer from the Regeneration Team will continue to attend this Group as an observer to ensure that meetings are being evenly managed, and that all parties are engaging constructively in this process so that the special character of Shepherd’s Bush Market is protected and enhanced.
Public Liaison Officer
Greater London Authority