This document sets out the Markets4People research team’s response to Newham Council’s consultation on a capacity and viability study for Queen’s Market and the neighbouring sheltered housing building Hamara Ghar. In November 2020, the Council began a consultation on a draft brief for the study, to inform its thinking on options for development on the site. In light of the study’s findings, the Council will select its ‘preferred option’ for redevelopment, and commission further work on a masterplan, planning application and delivery models. Although this consultation is focused only on the draft brief which will be issued to potential consultants, it is extremely important as the draft brief identifies five potential options to be analysed and sets out the analysis to be undertaken by consultants. The draft brief will therefore play a significant role in shaping the decisions taken by the Council about the development of Queen’s Market and Hamara Ghar. In this context, the Markets4People research project provides a timely snapshot of how Queen’s Market is currently used and valued by its existing customers and it provides firm evidence for the importance of Queen’s Market to diverse communities in Newham and beyond.
Click the download links below to read the full M4P response and our letter to the Mayor of Newham.