A group of traders whose premises could be demolished and reprovided as part of the regeneration of Shepherds Bush Market have won a judical review against the council’s consultation process, but the council says the planning permission still stands.
The Hammersmith Chronicle reports that the High Court has ruled in the traders’ favour, agreeing with them that the consultation on the SPD for the area was flawed.
However, a council statement says that the plans to revitalise Shepherds Bush Market and the surrounding area are still “full steam ahead” as the application was judged against the Core Strategy, not the SPD.
The council says that fears that the regeneration plans might be stopped by the high court ruling concerning the Shepherds Bush Market special planning document (SPD) are unfounded. They say, as the planning application for the market was judged against the borough’s overarching ‘core strategy’, the planning permission – and therefore the regeneration plans – are still going ahead.
An H&F Council spokesman said: “The high court ruling on the SPD does not affect the Shepherds Bush Market regeneration plans or the legality of the recently issued planning consent.
“The Shepherds Bush Market regeneration scheme represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hugely improve the market and surrounding area. It will increase retail expenditure by more than £3million a year and will create numerous new jobs.
“The vast majority of Shepherds Bush residents support these plans along with many of the market traders. The Goldhawk Road businesses have been offered a fantastic deal by the developer, including the chance to return to new, larger shop units on the Goldhawk Road.”
Orion Shepherds Bush (OSBL), the developer, have offered all businesses based at 30 to 52 Goldhawk Road (the group who won the judicial review) have been offered the opportunity to return to the new Goldhawk Road shop units that will be delivered through a phased construction programme. The new shops will be set back from the road to make the market entrance more visible.
OSBL investigated refurbishing the existing Goldhawk Road premises but concluded this would not meet the wider regeneration targets as the properties fall far short of modern standards.
Now the traders lawyers have told the Chronicle they believe they can win an action against the planning permission as well.
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