The new plans I reported on here for our Market are available to view at www.lbhf.gov.uk/sbmarket - you can leave comments there too.
I still think that it's an excellent idea to grow the market, it's proposed to expand eastwards, but several of you have been in touch to warn of the potential impact on housing and knock-on planning implications for residents. To be perfectly honest I don't have a handle on what those implications might be, but it already looks like its shaping up to be another planning battle.
I understand that many of the existing Market traders fear that the Council have plans to hike the rents as part of the redevelopment - the Council's opponents say this is part of an agenda to drive them out and perhaps installing what they might view as a 'higher class' of trader. I can see the logic but I don't see any evidence to support that at this stage so on balance I give the Council the benefit of the doubt.
The fact that there is doubt however is a mark of the level of distrust that the Council has created with recent planning decisions that have been directly against residents express wishes, most notably the Goldhawk Block and 282 Goldhawk Road.
You can also find out more and have your say at events taking place at the old Shepherds Bush Library today (Wednesday) 4.30-8pm; Friday, 8 January, 1-4.30pm; Saturday, 9 January, 9.30am-1pm, Monday, 11 January, 4.30-8pm; and Wednesday, 13 January, 1-4.30pm. I'll probably be along on the 9th in the morning and report back after then.
The closing date for consultation is Monday, 18 January. Whatever happens it looks set to change the face of one of the most well known parts of the Bush.