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Conservation groups celebrate after Smithfield buildings are saved

Heritage bodies are hailing their success following Communities Secretary Hazel Blears’ decision to block KPF and Thornfield’s plans to demolish the 19th-century Smithfield General Market in central London (AJ online 07.08.08).

SAVE Britain’s Heritage president Marcus Binney said: ‘This is one of the biggest inquiries SAVE has ever fought, requiring an immense commitment in time and resources. The General Market Buildings have been scandalously neglected by the City Corporation.

‘At the inquiry the City conceded that the market made a significant contribution to the conservation area. The market buildings should now be offered for sale. If they are they can very quickly become as lively, attractive and popular as Borough Market south of the river.’

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