Orion Shepherds Bush’s planned redevelopment of Shepherds Bush Market can proceed following Ministerial approval of the compulsory purchase order.
The CPO will cover land at the Market, the parade of shops at 30-52 Goldhawk
Road and its service road, the former Spring Grove laundry site, the Market Lane
hostel and flats, the Market Lane Broadway Day Centre, the Lime Grove Hostel, 47
Lime Grove and the electricity sub stations which need to be relocated.
The Council had applied for the CPO, but an Inspectors report recommended the order should either not be confirmed, or be modified to remove certain parts of the land.
The Secretary of State has now issued a letter which says that he believes there is “a compelling case in the public interest to justify sufficiently the interference with the human rights of those with an interest in the land affected”.
The Secretary of State says he has decided to confirm the Compulsory Purchase
Order with the modifications requested.
The Government says the decision will bring new life and new customers to the market, which has been operating since 1916. The refurbishment will create new look stalls and 200 new homes.
The market has declined in size over the years, and a 2008 Hammersmith & Fulham Council survey concluded more than £2.3 million of refurbishment work was needed to bring the market back to its former glory.
In 2012 the council began compulsory purchase process after its planning committee gave outline planning permission for the regeneration scheme submitted by developers Orion Shepherd’s Bush Limited.
Ministers said it benefited neither traders nor locals for the market to be allowed to continue to decline and regeneration was vital to ensure the market’s long-term survival.
Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Shepherd’s Bush Market has been part of west London’s street life for almost 100 years – we want to ensure this landmark feature survives for 100 more.
“It has the potential to bring substantial economic, retail and social benefits to the area with a regeneration scheme safeguarding the distinctive identity of this iconic market.
“This market is held in great affection by the local community. Regeneration will enable it to continue to provide a diverse range of stalls to meet their needs as well as improving the appeal for new visitors and shoppers alike.”
The council and developer have set out plans to temporarily re-locate existing stall holders and shopkeepers while the regeneration project is taking place.
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