OSBL show Shepherds Bush plans

Orion Shepherds Bush Limited (OSBL) have shown a  new set of plans for the regeneration of Shepherds Bush Market at a three-day exhibition.

This follows an exhibition in November last year of a first round of plans, and is part of the continuing consultation on the site, which aims to produce a planning application in the summer of this year.

The plans, designed by Robin Partington Associates, include a seven storey development on the market site, which provides new shop units and public open spaces in a widened market area with refurbished railway arches and walkways, and 250 flats on the upper floors. Plans also include a row of terraced housing behind Pennard Road.

At the Uxbridge Road entrance there will be a new public square, and, as previously announced, the Bush Theatre will take over the old Shepherds Bush library.

Bulwer Street resident, Susan Marshall attended the exhibition and said: “These plans will certainly improve the market and the surrounding area. Something needs to be done and this scheme looks very promising.”

Aslam Malik, of Moon Foods Cash and Carry, was also in favour of the scheme. He said: “I think that this is a very exciting project and I am with the Council and Orion all of the way.”

The plans involve the demolition of a parade of shops on Goldhawk Road. The has provoked some local opposition, but OSBL are now offering to rehouse the tenants in these shops in the new development.

Mike Boughton, who owns the famous A Cooke’s Pie and Mash Shop in the parade on Goldhawk Road said: “I have been here for 41 years and the business has been here for 111 years. I hope to keep the business running in new premises on Goldhawk Road and we are talking to OSBL about how that can be achieved.”

Richard Olsen, Chairman of OSBL told the Fulham Chronicle: “We have carefully considered the options for the future of this parade and have held discussions with the owners and business tenants. Proposals have also been contemplated for refurbishing the existing terrace but this would be complicated and difficult to achieve as the properties fall far short of modern standards.”

Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: “We want to see a market that is flourishing, with more people visiting and market traders enjoying a more secure and prosperous future. We all look forward to a time when the market is the exciting and vibrant venue that it deserves to be and trust that OSBL will continue to work closely with everyone concerned to develop a plan that meets their needs.”

OSBL will now be refining their plans in light of comments garnered from the exhibition and consulting again in April with a planning application likely to be submitted in the summer.

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