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C20 tackles English Heritage after Robin Hood Gardens misses out on listing

The Twentieth Century Society (C20) has described English Heritage as a 'beleaguered quango' in the light of its decision not to support the listing of the Smithsons' Robin Hood Gardens.

In a statement, C20 said that it was not surprised by Architecture Minister Margaret Hodge's decision not to list the tenement block, but claimed that future generations would look back on the decision as ‘incomprehensible’.

It continued: ‘English Heritage’s advice to [the Department of Culture, Media and Sport] that the estate was not of significant historic interest will be seen as an example of a beleaguered quango seeking to curry favour with its paymasters.’

After also accusing the Department of having a 'lack of vision', the lobbying group encouraged Tower Hamlets Council to save the building from demolition.

‘Tower Hamlets could show visionary forward thinking and deliver a scheme to please both preservationists, residents and set an example of sustainable development.'

C20 said it had 28 days to consider appealing the decision and added that it was seeking legal advice.

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