Plans by Orion Shepherds Bush – a joint venture between Orion and Development Securities – were approved by LB Hammersmith & Fulham in 2012, but a series of legal challenges followed, mainly from a small group of traders on a parade of shops on Goldhawk Road which will be demolished in the plan to revitalise the 100 year old market, and add £3m to the local economy.
Now Mr Justice Keith Lindblom, sitting in the High Court, has dismissed the challenge on all of the three remaining grounds.
Mr Lindblom did not agree that the Council had made a mistake in its handling of the Shepherds Bush Market Supplementary Planning Document in the decision for the planning permission. He did not agree that the Council had unlawfully failed to take into account the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework. He also did not agree that there were any shortcomings in the environmental impact assessment undertaken for the Shepherds Bush Market proposals and that the Council was in breach of the EIA regulations in granting planning permission.
OSBL’s consented plans, as well as delivering 212 new homes, will widen the market and provide more space for larger pitches, and an overall increase in the number of market stalls, along with new seating areas and toilets, improved lighting and security.
At the Uxbridge Road end of the market, a new public square will provide the setting for the refurbished Bush Theatre which has already moved into the Old Shepherds Bush Library building. The railway archways will also be refurbished.
Welcoming the judge’s decision, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Nicholas Botterill said: “This is a victory for common sense and we can now get on with the important work of breathing new life into Shepherds Bush Market so that future generations can enjoy a vibrant and thriving shopping destination to rival the best in London.
“The council hopes that all local businesses will work with the developers to take full advantage of the opportunities that the scheme provides to attract new customers to this area of Shepherds Bush. The offer of new premises remains firmly on the table for businesses wishing to stay in this location and I hope they will now look carefully at the benefits of participating in this scheme.”
Richard Olsen, Chairman of Orion, said: “Our plans are the product of years of detailed consultation and discussion and we value the strong support that we have had from so many of the traders and other local shopkeepers. Revitalisation of the market is long overdue and as the benefits become apparent I hope that the small number of opponents will agree to work with us to play their part in its future success.“