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Soane protest

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The Soane Museum is justifiably up in arms over a third-rate rear office extension planned by its neighbour, the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants, courtesy of architect Office Design Partnership.The project would block out light from the west and south-west, wrecking Soane's carefully planned museum galleries.The Soane's director, Margaret Richardson, has written to Camden council with a detailed list of criticisms, generally supported by English Heritage. She points out the negative effect of the proposals on three courtyards that are currently being restored under a £1 million programme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and DCMS, among others.There was also criticism of the way in which the architect has presented its own scheme, and details of the Soane Museum itself, which contain numerous errors. Curiously, the statutory planning notice is not placed on Lincoln's Inn Fields, the address given on the notice, but in a quiet mews to the rear of the museum. In this instance, the applicants obviously feel they really do have something to hide.

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