Building work must start in Wood Street Market before October or planning permission to turn half of it into flats will expire

Half of market must be turned into flats by October

Half of market must be turned into flats by October

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The historic Wood Street Market could be halved in size in less than six months if developers look to meet a deadline to build flats.

According to Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy, planning permission to convert part of the site was granted three years ago as the market was considered under-occupied and unlikely to have a future as a commercial venture.

Since then the market has been relaunched and is thriving. An attempt to renew the original planning permission has since been refused, but the developers have until October this year to start the process under the terms of the original approval.

In a letter to her constituents, Ms Creasy said: “I am sad to report recent social media rumours that there are proposals to redevelop a section of the Wood Street Market into flats are true.

“Planning permission was granted 2011 to a section of the market to be used for residential purposes because at this time the building was considered to be under-occupied.

A campaign to save the market has been launched on facebook.

The page says the threatened businesses are Toy Shack, Lilak Domino, GiGi’s Dressing Room and Rose Craft.

Wood Street Market has been operational for more than 30 years and currently has around 50 units.

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11:50am Tue 27 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

This depressing ramshackle market is a pure indulgence for people with ridiculous pipe dreams and would be better used as accommodation.

The market went down hill when the postman and his young RaRa skirted girlfriend stopped dancing down there to the jive. Was hilarious.
This depressing ramshackle market is a pure indulgence for people with ridiculous pipe dreams and would be better used as accommodation. The market went down hill when the postman and his young RaRa skirted girlfriend stopped dancing down there to the jive. Was hilarious. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -43

1:29pm Tue 27 May 14

mdj says...

'Since then the market has been relaunched and is thriving.'

On a large injection of public money. Was the management sincere in wanting to keep the market on the road, or were they simply taking what was on offer while they could? This well-funded delay has earned them a large, unearned capital gain.
Were any undertakings required from them in return for the public funding, or was it just thrown from a helicopter, as so often seems to be the case?
'Since then the market has been relaunched and is thriving.' On a large injection of public money. Was the management sincere in wanting to keep the market on the road, or were they simply taking what was on offer while they could? This well-funded delay has earned them a large, unearned capital gain. Were any undertakings required from them in return for the public funding, or was it just thrown from a helicopter, as so often seems to be the case? mdj
  • Score: 10

8:52pm Tue 27 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
This depressing ramshackle market is a pure indulgence for people with ridiculous pipe dreams and would be better used as accommodation.

The market went down hill when the postman and his young RaRa skirted girlfriend stopped dancing down there to the jive. Was hilarious.
I forgot to say, most of the time the shops are closed and occasionally have a sign 'back in 5 years'

The rents are obviously so cheap that people take these units on and can afford to open and close at will.

Most of the stuff is generally old toot or if at all purchasable is priced so high you may as well go to ebay or a specialist auction.

I do miss that old Postman and his 50's dressed lady friend, they made everyone happy, wandering around holding hands, she in her RaRa skirt and he in his regulation Royal Mail official dress suit. Come to think of it, did he work for the Royal Mail?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This depressing ramshackle market is a pure indulgence for people with ridiculous pipe dreams and would be better used as accommodation. The market went down hill when the postman and his young RaRa skirted girlfriend stopped dancing down there to the jive. Was hilarious.[/p][/quote]I forgot to say, most of the time the shops are closed and occasionally have a sign 'back in 5 years' The rents are obviously so cheap that people take these units on and can afford to open and close at will. Most of the stuff is generally old toot or if at all purchasable is priced so high you may as well go to ebay or a specialist auction. I do miss that old Postman and his 50's dressed lady friend, they made everyone happy, wandering around holding hands, she in her RaRa skirt and he in his regulation Royal Mail official dress suit. Come to think of it, did he work for the Royal Mail? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

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