Mar­ket traders can’t con­tain their anger

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - News -

THE slightly grubby heart of Shep­herd’s Bush is set to be trans­formed by a new “con­tainer city” fea­tur­ing cafés, restau­rants, bars, artists’ stu­dios, of­fices for start-up firms and co-work­ing space for cre­ative free­lances.

Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham coun­cil was last night ex­pected to ap­prove the project on a site be­side the area’s fa­mous mar­ket, orig­i­nally ear­marked for lux­ury flats.

That £150 mil­lion plan col­lapsed when de­vel­op­ers Orion Land & Leisure and the U+I Group failed to se­cure a com­pul­sory pur­chase or­der on a slice of land in Gold­hawk Road that they needed to com­plete their build­ing site.

Now it has emerged that the Plan B for the orig­i­nal one-acre de­vel­op­ment site is a mod­ern ex­ten­sion to the 103-year-old Shep­herd’s Bush Mar­ket, housed in 74 glass-fronted ship­ping con­tain­ers, and open un­til 10pm at week­ends.

Sim­i­lar ex­am­ples of “con­tainer ar­chi­tec­ture”, in­clud­ing Pop Brix­ton and Shored­itch’s Box­park, are al­ready in suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion, and last month plans for a sim­i­lar at­trac­tion in Cam­ber­well were un­veiled.

The Shep­herd’s Bush project is thought to be Lon­don’s largest ex­am­ple of a con­tainer city, with plans for events such as yoga work­shops, chil­dren’s par­ties and silent cinema screen­ings in a pub­lic square that will be cre­ated at the cen­tre of the site.

To go with the in­dus­trial feel of the con­tainer units, out­door benches and seats will be made from re­pur­posed wooden pal­lets.

“The over­all strat­egy for our pro­pos­als is to start to en­sure that Shep­herd’s Bush be­comes a hub of cul­tural diver­sity and artis­tic tal­ent,” ex­plained a spokesman for the pro­pos­als.

“Our plans are a trig­ger to re­ally raise the pro­file of the ex­ist­ing mar­ket so that foot­fall is en­cour­aged and Shep­herd’s Bush Mar­ket is a des­ti­na­tion mar­ket once more.”

The plans also al­low for the re­turn of A. Cookes, the tra­di­tional pie and mash shop which closed in 2015 af­ter more than 80 years in Gold­hawk Road.

How­ever, the project has hor­ri­fied some of the mar­ket traders, who claim the new site will steal their cus­tom. And more than 183 local res­i­dents have ob­jected to the plans, fear­ing that the de­vel­op­ment will cause chaos in sur­round­ing streets.

The plan­ning per­mis­sion will be for an ini­tial pe­riod of two years so that the coun­cil can as­sess its impact on local res­i­dents, as well as its ef­fect on trade at Shep­herd’s Bush Mar­ket.

next to Shep­herd’s Bush Mar­ket, a new pub­lic square will host film screen­ings

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