|Cooke's Pie and Mash, on the Goldhawk Rd. But not for long.|
|Hurry now while eels last|
The plans for redevelopment of the Market have long been controversial. Where you stand on the new changes probably depends a lot of whether you miss the passing of Old Shepherd's Bush, or welcome the new gentrification. In my local neighbourhood, opinion is pretty divided, but probably with a slender-ish majority in favour of new investment. The market has become fairly run-down in recent years, and the new plans which were unveiled in The Old Library last year looked pretty swish.
|Plans for the new market.|
|All this will go|
New flats aren't necessarily a bad thing. London has a massive shortage of housing, so new build is essential if supply is to keep pace with demand. But like everything else in West London these new flats will be expensive, far beyond the financial reach of most local residents.
|Quadrophenia - movie magic in Shepherd's Bush|
And the market regeneration is just the tip of the iceberg. There are half a dozen major building projects in the works in Shepherd's Bush, most of them taking place in the former brownfield sites to the north of Westfield. Supposedly, we're even going to get a Soho House with a rooftop swimming pool once the BBC TV Centre on Wood Lane gets redeveloped.
A far cry indeed from Pie and Mash.
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