Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blears Puts Smithfield Development in Limbo; Conflict: The Seven-Storey Block Proposed by Developer Thornfield for the West Side of Smithfield Market. Hazel Blears Said the Proposals Would "Dominate the Historic Facades and Be Detrimental to the Character of the Building"

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blears Puts Smithfield Development in Limbo; Conflict: The Seven-Storey Block Proposed by Developer Thornfield for the West Side of Smithfield Market. Hazel Blears Said the Proposals Would "Dominate the Historic Facades and Be Detrimental to the Character of the Building"

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Byline: MIRA BAR-HILLEL

THE future of Smithfield Market was back in limbo today after a scheme for its redevelopment was thrown out.

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears ruled that the plans "significantly detract from the market complex as a whole" and would "dominate the historic facades and be detrimental to the character of the building".

Thornfield Properties and the City Corporation wanted to demolish buildings in Farringdon Street and partly redevelop the historic market buildings at Snow Hill and Smithfield Street.

The scheme was to provide offices in a massive flat-fronted steel and glass building designed by Heron Tower and Helter Skelter architects KPF at 43 Farringdon Street.

Shops and a market, railway improvements and car parking were also part of the plans.

But the then communities secretary Ruth Kelly decided that the plans "may conflict with national policies on important matters".

As a result, a public inquiry took place last October at which Thornfield Properties and English Heritage accused each other of dirty tricks. …

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