Saturday, 22 August 2015

Shepherd’s Bush Market Latest - More Legal Challenges

The market traders’ most recent legal challenge to Developer Orion's plans to redevelop the Market was heard in the High Court on 28 July 2015, in an unsuccessful effort to quash the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) issued by planning minister Eric Pickles.

Mr Justice Dove upheld the CPO and also rejected an application by the market traders for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

So surely that is the end of it? Well, apparently not.

Law firm Leigh Day, who act for the market traders, are now taking the legal challenge direct to the Court of Appeal. In effect, they are appealing the refusal of a right to appeal.

James Horada, Chair of the Shepherd’s Bush Market Tenants’ Association, said:

“It is heart-breaking that we the tenants have spent years actively striving for help to assist the businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market. Instead of receiving funding that could have directly benefited the Market, this scheme has been manipulated to assist the building and sale of over 200 luxury apartments. The scheme now threatens to compromise the unique and eclectic market businesses.

“This scheme is removing our security and forcing additional costs and liability onto our businesses. In recent months we have had over 10% of the market businesses fold and leave the Market. It is madness that the view of the government appointed inspector, who spent months studying and examining the facts and judged that the Compulsory Purchase Order should not be issued was dismissed and overturned by the Secretary of State. This scheme should be about protecting and cradling the businesses of Shepherd’s Bush Market and preserving an exceptional community.

“We were extremely disappointed at the High Court decision and have been advised by our lawyers that we have good grounds for an appeal.”
So, the battle for Shepherd's Bush Market continues.

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