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KPF's Smithfield plans called in

KPF's hugely contentious plans for the west end of the Smithfield Meat Market complex are set to face a planning inquiry.

Under advice from English Heritage (EH), the ODPM's successor, the Department for Communities and Local Government today announced that it has called the scheme in.

If the development - which was approved by Corporation of London planners last month - wins the green light from the inspector, it will see the construction of two office buildings on some of the site's unlisted buildings.

The proposals have faced heavy opposition from conservationists such as EH and faced a major setback when part of the site - the Red House cold store ( pictured) - was Grade II listed.

After this was announced KPF and its developer Thornfield Properties untook a major redesign.

But these changes were still not enough for the conservation lobby who wanted to retain all the existing buildings.

'We welcome the Secretary of State's decision,' an EH spokeswoman said of the news. 'A public inquiry is the proper forum to debate the issues.'

by Ed Dorrell

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