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Smithfield redevelopment plans turned down

by on July 10, 2014

Asset manager Henderson Global Investors’ application for consent for a £160m redevelopment of the former Smithfield Market in London’s EC1 has been rejected by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The minister agreed with the inspector who held the call-in inquiry that the proposals which included the demolition of key parts of significant market buildings were “wholly unacceptable”.

The Secretary of State’s decision letter said “the extent of damage that the application would cause to the important heritage assets at Smithfield runs entirely counter to national and policy objectives intended to protect such assets from harm and that this would seriously undermine any economic, social or environmental benefits otherwise arising from the development, such that the proposal would not represent sustainable development”.

The letter added: “Overall, like the inspector, the SoS considers that the public benefits of the scheme would not be anything like substantial enough to provide a clear and convincing justification for the extensive harm it would cause to Smithfield’s historic environment.”

Download the decision letter.

 

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