We did it! Smithfield General Market has been saved!
Yesterday morning the result of the public inquiry into the future of Smithfield General Market was announced. We are delighted to report that after hearing all the evidence from both sides, the Inspector and the Secretary of State have refused planning permission for the scheme by Henderson Global Investors.
The scheme would have seen nearly 75% of the historic fabric of these splendid buildings lost, and replaced with new build office blocks rising above the retained facades.
In his letter, the Secretary of State considers that the application would “have an extremely harmful effect on the significance of the General Market” and “Annex Market,” and would “cause substantial harm to the significance of Western Market buildings, both individually and as an integral part of the Smithfield market complex.”
Moreover, the alternative approach developed by SAVE and the Victorian Society, working with Urban Space Management and Cathedral Group, was found to be “sufficiently convincing to indicate that such a regeneration scheme would be possible, viable, and deliverable.”
The full inspectors report can be read here: http://www.savebritainsheritage.org/docs/articles/14-07-07%20DL%20+%20IR%20Smithfield%202205294%20(1).pdf
This is a major victory for conservation, and your help and support were essential factors in such a positive outcome. Thank you!
SAVE is very small charity with 3.5 members of staff. We are entirely reliant upon donations, and we receive no public funding. The cost of fighting this public inquiry has been very significant – some £40,000 worth of costs have been incurred in professional fees, staff time, and supplies. Thanks to generous donations, we have managed to cover c. £25,000 of these costs, but we are still short. Every donation, regardless of size, helps SAVE to continue fighting cases such as these. Please consider donating to SAVE, and spreading the word about the work we do.
Donations can be made via paypal - https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=GyThtYupGF1qraAUqakM4frc_Nu4eVnErAKTfI91xfdvFEGiBHgVPDTnRJu&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d5402c249c5a2cfd4a145d37ec05e9a5e – or by cheque, made payable to SAVE Britain’s Heritage, and sent to 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ.
Very best wishes and thanks for your support,