On 20th September, Coll McDonnell brought us the news on facebook that the Victorian shops on the Goldhawk Road, numbered 30 to 52, are threatened with demolition:
‘It has come to my attention that Hammersmith and Fulham Council want to make “improvements” to Shepherds Bush Market. While some of the suggestions may be welcome, the Planning Brief proposes the demolition of 30-52 Goldhawk Road. (A full copy of the draft planning and regeneration brief can be viewed on the Local Plan pages of the Council’s website).
At the moment, this row of shops does not look much. (This is in part due to the fact that late last century Hammersmith and Fulham enforced the removal of cornicing on “health and safety grounds.”) But the reality is this terrace was built in the early to mid-ninteenth century and they are good examples of Victorian shops. The fact that they have fallen on hard times is no reason to have them demolished. Rather this should be seen as an opportunity to have them restored to their former charm.
The Planning Brief suggests relocating the businesses to within the developed market. But this terrace of shops brings atmosphere and community to the Goldhawk Road. Not one of these shops is part of a chain – many are family firms – and the Pie and Mash shop has been in that location since 1899. It would not be the same to simply relocate them. There is a real danger that we will be turning a vibrant and interesting (if somewhat rundown) part of Shepherds Bush into something bland and average.
The Planning Brief goes on to describe 30-52 Goldhawk Road as being of a ‘scale that is no longer appropiate for this part of the Goldhawk Road townscape’. But the height of this terrace is very much part of their charm. We have lost much good architecture in the area, such as Shepherds Bush Station, in recent years. Lets stop the destruction of yet more good bulidings.
Please register your objections by email at: SBMarket@lbhf.gov.uk or call Jackie Simkins in the Council’s Planning department on: 0208 753 3460. The deadline for the Council to receive responses is 5pm on Monday, 11th October,’
The deadline has now been extended to 5pm Monday 18th October and the facebook group is growing by the day. It is important that we keep emailing/phoning the Planning dept. The following is an extract from Dan Hodges ‘s article that appeared in the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle:
‘Traders were told they will have to move out of their row of Victorian buildings, which stand on the edge of the market area which Hammersmith and Fulham Council wants to develop. But they have been left in the dark about what alternative premises they will be offered, and fear they will be forced to shut up shop. The strip includes a pie and mash shop which has served the area for more than a century, and several traditional family-run fabric and textile stores.
Mike Boughton, whose ‘A Cooke’s Pie and Mash’ shop dates back to the 19th century and has been in its current premises since 1913, said: “I’m not going to move out. We’ll fight it, unless they start offering some fancy money or appropiate premises.”
The Council announced in September that a developer, Orion Shepherds Bush Ltd, was interested in transforming the market site to create more shops, cafes, housing and a cultural quarter. Council leader Stephen Greenhalgh said: ”While we understand the historic importance of this row of shops, they are now of poor appearance. They have suffered from inappropriate alterations over many years and have lost most of the architectural detailing which once contributed to their character and appearance. They are currently in a state of disrepair and it is unlikely that they will receive the kind of investment required from their private owners in the near future. By including these shops as part of an exciting new development it will be possible to create an enhanced entrance for the market on Goldhawk Road that reflects the historic character of the area.”
So he says that: “…it will be possible to create an enhanced entrance for the market on Goldhawk Road that reflects the historic character of the area.” Tarting it up and demolishing existing bulidings won’t reflect the historic character of the area Mr Greenhalgh !!!
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