A market made from 46 shipping containers, similar to one found in Shoreditch, will be built at Shepherd’s Bush Market.
Temporary permission to build it on the Old Laundry Site (OLS) was given to U+I Group by Hammersmith and Fulham Council on Tuesday (November 7).
It follows changes made to a previous application which was rejected by planners in September.
However, Shepherd’s Bush Market Traders’ Association (SBMTA) said it still harboured concerns over the plan.
The application will see existing containers on site used for a period of up to two years.
U+I said it would create a new hub for the community, arts groups and start-ups at the heart of Shepherd’s Bush, which will drive greater footfall and diversity to the existing market.
The remaining space will be for food and beverage pop-up stalls and community space.
Key changes from the application which had been rejected earlier see a now completely ground level development, plus the provision of additional cycle spaces.
The OLS has been unused for many years and sits between Shepherd’s Bush Market and Pennard Road.
James Horada is the chairman of SBMTA. He said among the concerns of traders would be the noise generated, and whether the market would in fact be temporary.
He also doubted U+I’s promise to increase footfall.
He said: “This is a worry. U+I want to increase footfall by 10%. But under U+I and Orion, Shepherd’s Bush footfall has dropped tremendously since 2014.
“They are claiming to increase footfall by only 10% when footfall has already dropped well over 50%. Tenancy has also dropped tremendously.
“There are also concerns about drainage because they are going to tap into Shepherd’s Bush Market drains and it could lead to additional maintenance costs.
“Our concern is they are not managing Shepherd’s Bush Market very well at all.”
But U+I deputy chief executive Richard Upton feels differently, saying: “we are delighted we will be bringing forward our exciting vision for the Old Laundry Site at Shepherd’s Bush Market.
“Our ambition is to bring the Old Laundry Site to life and make it a space the whole community can use and benefit from.
“Having consulted widely with the local community and market traders, we are confident that our plans for the Old Laundry Site will benefit the whole market.
“It is our firm belief that the proposals will help to ensure a vibrant future for Shepherd’s Bush Market by driving greater footfall through the existing market, and we will continue to work closely with the council and traders.”
The project is due for completion in spring 2018.
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