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Chapel Market development project

The Chapel Market inclusive economy project is a proposal to address the existing challenges that Chapel Market faces, from high pitch vacancy rates to low footfall during its hours of operation.

Chapel Market is at the heart of our community and home to one of Islington’s historic markets. We are currently exploring ideas for improving the market by making it easier to get around and more attractive to visitors and traders alike.

We have been listening to local people and have opened a consultation to get feedback on our proposals for a range of improvements, along with the introduction of flexible bays for parking and loading.

You can feedback by completing our survey by 10 March 2023.

Take our consultation survey


The aim of the project is to deliver a traditional street market that is fit for the future, which delivers a vibrant, attractive community place and drives local economic activity and social inclusion. The project is funded by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund Accelerator and Islington Council.

The project is made up of several different strands, led by different teams in the council working together. We plan to future-proof Chapel Market by improving the facilities and making the area more attractive. We are also working on business support and the recruitment of new traders.

Current plans

We have looked at how we can improve the appeal of the market for local people visitors and traders alike. We plan to make it more attractive, cleaner, safer and easier to walk, cycle or wheel buggies and wheelchairs around.

As shown in the diagram further down this page, our current plans include the following - each number matches a location on the plan:

  1. creating a more welcoming entrance at Liverpool Road with a new paved crossing 
  2. creating space for events, with a canopy to enable year-round use 
  3. improved market pitches, with new trees and planting at the eastern end of the market 
  4. a new flexible space for events and guest markets 
  5. a new wash up area included for market traders 
  6. improved storage facilities for market traders in Warren Court 
  7. pedestrianising Chapel Place.

Download a larger image of the plan.

Map of Chapel Market changes for the February-March 2023 consultation   

Please note that this plan does not meet accessibility standards. Maps are excluded from the Public Sector Bodies Websites and Mobile Applications regulations 2018. If you need the plan in an alternative format, please contact us.

Parking changes

We are proposing changes to parking and access for vehicles so that we can redesign the space and add planting. This includes introducing a restricted parking zone, with designated parking bays for business loading and resident and visitor parking when the market is closed. 

We have monitored parking levels on Chapel Market to inform our proposals and, based on these findings, we are confident we can provide sufficient space for residents and local businesses to continue to park when the market is closed. The feedback we receive from local people and businesses will help to determine the final timings for loading and parking.

Next steps

Your feedback will help to shape the next stage of our project. You will then have the opportunity for a final say through our Traffic Management Order (TMO) consultation, which will formalise changes to parking and vehicle access. We expect this will take place in April 2023.

Subject to the outcome of the consultation, we are aiming for the works at Chapel Market to start in early May 2023. They will take around nine months to complete and will be delivered in phases to keep disruption to local people, visitors and traders to a minimum.

Get in contact

If you have any comments on the current plans, please contact

Please note that if you prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey, you can write to Chapel Market Redevelopment Project, Municipal Offices, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR or visit us at Islington Town Hall reception, Upper Street, N1 2UD.

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