The Westway Trust revealed its new £10m plans last week in the hope of appeasing traders who had reacted strongly against initial proposals.
The plans for the neighbourhood close to the Westway flyover between Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park include a new arts centre, indoor market hall, new shops for independent retailers, studio spaces and 13 flats on a car park in Acklam Road.
The trust previously faced protests after publishing plans to tear down the white canopy of the vintage clothing market next to Portobello Green, but has now promised to keep it.
Mark Barr, chair of the Portobello Road and Golborne Management Committee which represents shops, stallholders and residents, is concerned that the new plans provide less room for indoor market stall traders.
However, he said: “There are pros and cons with these plans and some traders will be put out. But they are far, far better than before. The consultation previously was not inclusive. They have at least listened this time.”
He added: “The market will be smaller but development has to happen. We cannot stand still.”
Antiques dealer Marion Gettleson said: “It is to be welcomed that they have in part listened to us but it is still unclear how they can justify the rents.” She said she wanted the plans to focus more on local people and, with the area quiet other than weekends, she questioned the viability of the shops.
Another trader, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The trust has caused a lot of controversy. There appears to be no parking provision and these plans should be revised again.”
The northern part of Portobello has long been criticised for being run down.
"Look to the future"
Westway Trust chief executive Angela McConville said: “We have listened to local people and their views are reflected in our plans.”
Chris Garland, vice chair of Swinbrook Residents Association, said: “Of course there will be those who are against change, any change, but those who generally love, understand and live in this area, and look to the future, will recognise the style and visionary aspects of this… new plan.”
The trust hopes to submit a planning application at the end of the year.