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Traders welcome plans for new Queens Market, Upton Park, E13

After two years of extensive consultation, St Modwen Developments has submitted a detailed planning application for the regeneration of Queens Market, Green Street. The plans for the new Queens Market will allow the market to serve the community for many years to come, retaining its strong international influence and the ability of its traders to offer fresh and healthy food produce and other goods at affordable prices.

All current market stall traders will be offered a fair and square relocation within the new market, which will include more pitches than at present and a much improved trading environment. There will be a stunning new Market Hall that St Modwen expects will become a visitors attraction in its own right. The new shops are designed to meet the needs of the exsting shopkeepers, and St Modwen expects that they will return for the reopening of the new market.

Particular benefits of the new Market Hall include:

• 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, meaning 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.

The submission was been welcomed by the Queens Market Traders Association, which represents many of the shopkeepers and stall traders at Queens Market. Manish Patel, Chair of the QMTA stated:

“The rumours that Queens Market will close are a lie! And it’s not closing, it’s getting ready to become bigger and better. The QMTA is calling for customers to back these plans and watch out for the new, improved Queens Market.

“Our main issue as a group has always been how many traders at present would come back in the new market and the affordability of the produce sold in the new market. After two years of discussions, we believe that the plans St Modwen has put forward will create the same vibrant market, but will also make it cleaner and brighter.”

Julie Lightly, Chair of the Queens Market branch of the National Market Traders Federation stated:

“We have been working closely with Newham Council and St Modwen for a long time on the new plans for Queens Market and we are looking forward to reviewing the final proposals in detail over the next couple of weeks. The NMTF want to ensure that Queens Market stays open long into the future and that the traders here can serve the community for many more years to come. We all want a positive outlook for the market, and the Queens Market branch of the NMTF will continue to work closely with all parties to make sure that these plans are right for Queens Market.”

Nick Kay, Development Director at St Modwen added:

“We have worked closely with traders and many other stakeholder groups over the last two years and we have been able to demonstrate through an evolution of our plans that we can meet their requirements. We will carry on working with them and Newham Council to ensure that Queens Market retains its place as London’s best-loved market. The stunning new Market Hall and distinctive new homes will be a landmark for Green Street, reinforcing its role as a vibrant shopping destination in East London.”

In addition to the new Market Hall, the redevelopment proposals include 350 new homes, of which 340 will be arranged around a landscaped courtyard above the new market. All of the homes will be offered to Newham residents first, and many of the 340 homes will be affordable. In addition, ten large affordable family houses with front and rear gardens will be built on a self contained plot on Rochester Avenue, adjacent to Queens Market. Newham has suffered from a shortage of new housing and the redevelopment goes some way toward meeting this need.

The proposals also include plans for a new Newham Council Front Office facility, comprising a civic building of distinction (totalling 2,000 sq metres), which will become a valuable community resource. It will provide a number of services on behalf of Newham Council, including a local service centre, other community services and a new library that will give young people another reason to visit Queens Market.

Further details on the proposals, the traders and the offer at Queens Market can be found at www.newqueensmarket.co.uk, which has been launched this week.

The website is run in partnership by the Queens Market team – the National Market Traders’ Federation, the Queens Market Traders’ Association, and St Modwen.

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For Further Information:

Contact Paul Teverson or Pippa Savage at Camargue on 020 7636 7366 or email at pteverson@camarguepr.com or psavage@camarguepr.com.

Notes to editors:

St Modwen Developments Ltd 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 two years.

St Modwen and Newham Council have worked closely with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and its Queens Market branch, as well as the Queens Market Traders Association. Regular meetings have been held with the both organisations, 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 3-day public exhibition close to Queens Market at Upton Park Football Ground on Green Street. Further meetings with stakeholder groups, including the National Market Traders Federation and the Queens Market Traders Association, have taken place throughout 2007 and early 2008.

The National Market Traders Association: The NMTF is a highly respected organisation, founded in 1899, and represents the interests of 27,000 market stall traders on retail markets throughout the UK. The NMTF has been closely involved with the emerging proposals for the new Queens Market. The Queens Market branch of the NMTF is chaired by Julie Lightly. You can meet her on her long-established egg and museli stall in Queens Market.

Queen Market Traders Association: The QMTA represents the interests of the majority of the shopkeepers at Queens Market, and, again, it has been closely involved with the emerging plans for the market. It is chaired by Manish Patel.

St Modwen Developments: St Modwen Developments Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of St Modwen Properties Plc which is a publicly quoted regeneration specialist with a considerable track record of working productively and efficiently with Local Authorities for mixed use town centre schemes in London and elsewhere.

St Modwen has a commitment to the principles of sustainable development and community involvement at the heart of all its projects.