Smithfield Redevelopment refused.

Hazel Blears has refused permission for the demolition of the general market building at Smithfield. Simon Thurley of English Heritage said:

'This is a fantastic day for London’s heritage and for all those who care about what makes this great city special. We are delighted that the Secretary of State has recognised the value of the Smithfield conservation area. This decision proves that the historic environment is about much more than just individual listed buildings – this is an acknowledgement of the many unlisted – but not unloved – buildings which collectively create a powerful sense of place and positively contribute to the fabric of the city. We are sure that local authorities across the country will take note of this important decision, which is a timely reminder of their duty to safeguard the special character of conservation areas in their care as well as historic buildings, listed or not, for the contribution they make.’

Salon 195: 1 September 2008 -

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