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No controversy at St Pancras Station


The article 'St Pancras luxury hotel plans 'not good enough'' (AJ 2.9.04) overstates the Victorian Society's comments about the proposals.

We welcome the first serious scheme for the building for several years and certainly have no intention of derailing it. St Pancras and the King's Cross area are currently the subject of applications that could, at long last, give this area a viable future.

The Victorian Society would be failing in its duty if it did not comment on schemes of this scale and importance, but our comments should not be translated into controversy - we have not registered an objection to the applications.

We have accepted that the mix of uses proposed for St Pancras and much of the scheme is, in our view, uncontroversial. All we are seeking is a reconsideration of detailed elements of the scheme as part of the ongoing planning process.

Richard Holder, senior architectural adviser, the Victorian Society

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