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ST. MODWEN SECURES FUTURE OF QUEENS MARKET AS NEW MARKET SCHEME APPROVED

Following five years of consultation with local traders and residents, St. Modwen’s detailed planning application for the regeneration of Queens Market, E2, was approved by Newham Council’s planning committee last night.

The scheme will deliver a stunning new Market Hall, including 164 market stalls (totalling 2,132 sq m) and 6,374 sq m of new shop units. The scheme also provides 350 new homes arranged around a landscaped courtyard above the new market and a distinctive civic ‘front office’ facility of 2,000 sq m, which will front onto Green Street.

The new Market Hall will allow Queens Market to continue to thrive as a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre, and will replace the existing market which is housed in a tired structure with little natural light.

Throughout the consultation process, St. Modwen has worked closely with local trader organisations, the National Market Traders’ Federation and the Queens Market Traders’ Association. Together, they have sought to ensure that the proposals for the new market retain its strong international influence and the ability of its traders to offer fresh and healthy food produce and other goods at affordable prices in the new Market Hall.

Nick Kay, Development Director at St. Modwen, said:

“This planning consent is a result of five years of consultation between St Modwen, the traders and the local authority. Queens Market is already one of London’s best loved markets and our plans to provide a stunning new Market Hall that is bigger and better than the current market will ensure that Queens Market and its traders remain here long into the future. The consent ensures that existing traders have the opportunity to continue in the new Market, and St. Modwen looks forward to continuing to support traders, the Market and Green Street to make it even more of a visitor destination in the future.”

St. Modwen’s proposals for the new Queens Market include:

• More pitches for market traders than at present and a much-improved trading environment

• A stunning new Market Hall that we expect will become a visitors attraction in its own right

• Improved visibility towards the Market Hall from Upton Park tube station and a vibrant, colourful

frontage directly onto Green Street, which was previously lacking

• New shop units around the Market Hall for existing shopkeepers

• Storage units, secure facilities and permanent pitches for the first time

• New recycling facilities so the Market can operate more sustainably

• Better waste and refuse handling, resulting in a cleaner and greener market

• Power and refrigeration facilities available for individual market stall pitches for the first time

• Flexible leases for market stall traders, providing security of tenure so that traders will be able to sell

the goodwill built up in their businesses for the first time

• A cleaner, safer market with 24-hour CCTV coverage

• A new and secure car park

• New and much improved toilets for traders and shoppers.

There will also be a new library, bringing additional educational facilities and opportunities to the site. The library will become a valuable community resource for local residents and visitors to the Market, especially young people.

The general format and design of the proposals was agreed following feedback from the inaugural meeting of Newham Council’s Design Review Panel in 2007. The panel comprises over 30 reputable architects and other professionals in the built environment.

Further details on the scheme, the traders and the offer at Queens Market can be found at www.newqueensmarket.co.uk. The website is run in partnership by the Queens Market team – the National Market Traders’ Federation, the Queens Market Traders’ Association, and St Modwen.

Notes to Editors:

St. Modwen is Newham Council’s preferred partner to regenerate Queens Market. A key part of the development of these proposals has been engaging traders, shoppers, the local community and other interested parties in the proposals, and a series of consultations have taken place over the last three years.

St. Modwen and Newham Council have worked closely with the National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF) and its Queens Market branch, which represents the interests of market stall traders, as well as the Queens Market Traders’ Association, which represents the interests of the majority of shopkeepers. Regular meetings have been held with the branch, along with individual meetings with traders and shopkeepers on all matters relating to the regeneration project.

St. Modwen and Newham Council held a comprehensive public consultation on the plans in October 2006, when a number of meetings were held along with a three-day public exhibition close to Queens Market at Upton Park Football Ground on Green Street.

Further meetings with stakeholder groups took place at Queens Market throughout 2007 and early 2008.

In addition, a further three-day public exhibition of the plans was held at Queens Market when the plans were submitted to Newham Council in April 2008.

St. Modwen Properties PLC

St. Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, operating across the full spectrum of the property industry through a network of six regional offices and a Birmingham-based head office. The company is wholly focused upon regeneration with expertise in brownfield land renewal, town centre regeneration, partnering with industry, Innovation Centres and education projects.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Teverson at Camargue on 020 7636 7366 or email pteverson@camarguepr.com.