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Developer slams silence of Prince in Smithfield furore

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The man behind KPF's proposals for the redevelopment of a series of unlisted buildings in London's Smithfield conservation area has attacked opposition from the Prince of Wales.

Thornfield Properties' managing director Mike Capocci said he had written to the Prince's office 'several months ago' inviting him to be briefed personally on the designs, but had not had a reply.

Capocci's invitation was in response to a letter the Prince sent to the Corporation of London, the landowner, in March expressing his frustration at the planned demolition of the buildings (AJ 25.3.04).

Capocci said the Prince seemed unwilling to enter into a dialogue with either the developer or the architect. 'It is frustrating not to have received a reply from his office, ' he said at the opening of an exhibition featuring the proposed designs last week.

The exhibition, which is sited in the listed Poultry Market, can be accessed by telephoning Thornfield Properties direct on 020 7287 6620.

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