Please stop redeveloper’s application and cradle the small businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market
May 27, 2017 — Please object to the redeveloper’s application and help the small businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market
The redeveloper’s application (ref. 2017/01887/FUL) will compromise the Shepherd’s Bush Market’s character, footfall, affordability and management whilst increasing noise and air pollution for those in the surrounding area. We need your help.
It has been almost a year since the Shepherd’s Bush Market traders won their fight for their livelihoods in the High Courts (Horada v Secretary of State) and stopped the redevelopers from building 200+ luxury apartments on Shepherd’s Bush Market.
The question though is, have the redevelopers made right the wrongs which the market traders have had to endure. The answer is sadly no.
The traders have raised concerns to the Hammersmith & Fulham Council that the redevelopers who hold control of Shepherd’s Bush Market are considered to be breaching lease stipulations and are failing to place sufficient investment, management and commitment into Shepherd’s Bush Market.
Despite the efforts from the Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants’ Association, the lack of cooperation from the redevelopers has been upsetting and frustrating.
Footfall has fallen and tenancy has dropped, and yet the redeveloper’s ambitions in raising rent levels are clear.
Due to the tenancy decline there is presently space to for at least 30 + new traders to complement and embrace the character of this wonderful traditional market. However the redevelopers seem to be unenthusiastic with inviting a complementary and non-compromising tenant mix to Shepherd’s Bush Market and seem content to keep Shepherd’s Bush Market empty until they achieve higher rent levels.
Meanwhile the redeveloper’s latest scheme is to seek permission from the Hammersmith & Fulham Council to acquire the neighbouring land (formerly known as the “Laundry Site Area”) and create a new additional market area, this in turn has shocked both market traders and local residents.
The redeveloper’s ambitions of creating an additional market operating beyond the traditional hours of Shepherd’s Bush Market and late into the evening is felt to be a great threat that will divert and diminish the footfall from Shepherd’s Bush Market and impose further struggle onto the small market businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market.
It is felt that the Hammersmith & Fulham Council should not permit the redevelopers to acquire this additional land at the compromise of the market community for financial gain and further manipulation over the existing market traders.
There is requirement for the redevelopers to face up to their existing responsibilities and address the concerns of Shepherd’ s Bush Market whilst safe guarding the livelihoods of the traders.
The behaviour of the redevelopers over the last three years has been most improper and this 103-year-old London Market deserves to be better protected.
The redeveloper boasts that they have new traders ready to move into the laundry site area. Their reasoning is found to be mystifying, as it is felt that if the redevelopers have new tenants ‘lined up’ then why are these traders not being placed into Shepherd’s Bush Market to increase the tenancy? Little answer has been given, however it is the speculation of many that the redevelopers in the long term will seek to manipulate the use of the neighbouring laundry site area and attempt to hike up the rents in Shepherd’s Bush Market, squeezing the small businesses out, and seeking to acquire the neighbouring land from the Hammersmith & Fulham Council in order to attempt to resurrect their plans to build luxury apartments.
No access to this neighbouring Laundry Site Area from Shepherd’s Bush Market should be permitted, as it will compromise the market community.
The Shepherd’s Bush Market traders now ask all those who have thankfully shown great heart and support for our London Markets to please help us protect Shepherd’s Bush Market by objecting against the redevelopers application (ref. 2017/01887/FUL). This application will compromise the Shepherd’s Bush Market’s character, footfall, affordability and management as well as greatly increase noise and air pollution especially in the later hours.
Please object to this application by logging into Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s planning department