Via email (address: firstname.lastname@example.org ) to:
HM Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/19 Eagle Wing
Temple Way House
2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN.
Dear Planning Inspector
Planning Appeal:141-149 Portobello Rd London W11 2DY
I/we wish to lodge the strongest possible Objection to an Appeal to remove a Planning Condition from Admiral Vernon antiques arcade; limited trading hours in the basement. I/we support local residents' amenity; because.on Sundays to Thursdays; the 'antiques' section of Portobello Market has always been a residential backwater; with a small local Market to the north. Fridays are rather busier; but still 'local.' RBKC is currently attempting to start a Friday Antiques Street Market opposite Admiral Vernon; for 'homeless' antique dealers.
For 150 years Portobello Market has been packed with up to 60,000 visitors on Saturdays only. For 60 years, many have been attracted to the Saturday opening antiques arcades - including Admiral Vernon. Most 'Market' revenue goes on antiques. Despite having Planning Permission for ground floor trading 7 days a week; it has only ever occurred on Saturdays. This is true for all the Appellants' arcades; due to insufficient weekday footfall. Rents reflect 7 day trading. Local 7 day forecourt trading causes local residents considerable nuisance.
RBKC wisely re-confirmed the Admiral Vernon Planning Condition. The Application was deceptive - as is the Appeal. If it succeeds; local residents will suffer 365 day nuisance caused by unrestricted trading; despite any remaining limits on delivery times etc. The pattern is for rents to rise; forcing out dealers. Another 'Clone' retailer will sign a lease at exorbitant rent in respect of inflated footfall figures. Admiral Vernon is pivotal; so once it's 'Cloned;' others will follow & the Antiques Market will be gone. This pattern will be followed north & a once uniquely vibrant & world famous social & cultural treasure will be lost. So much for 'local life, character, vibrancy & legacy' etc. This Appeal counters all RBKC policy on Portobello in 2010 Core Strategy. It will be disastrous for local residents. Westfield - Europe's largest shopping mall - is only 1 km away; so eventually Portobello will look like Westbourne Grove - dead. There is evidently some Town Hall support for such 'gentrification.' The fate of the Antiques Market & perhaps all of Portobello, depends your Appeal Decision on an apparently minor Condition. It is why this case has generated so much public interest. Please consider the plight of all local communities. They are extraordinarily mixed. Very wealthy folk choose to live nearby; because they love the Markets. Please protect all of Portobello's residents - by rejecting this Appeal.