Press Release: Timetable For The Smithfield Public Inquiry
Press Release 6 February 2014
Timetable For The Public Inquiry Into The Proposed Partial Demolition Of Smithfield General Market, The Annex, And Red House
"If you go to St Bartholomew's and then walk through Smithfield, it is like walking from one cathedral to another. You wouldn't pull down St Bartholomew's, nor should you pull down Smithfield."
"Smithfield General Market is a beautiful example of Victorian Architecture. We should be treasuring this part of our heritage. What the Paris developers did to Les Halles is remembered as an act of Vandalism. Do we really want to be remembered as the generation who did the same thing to London?"
Kristin Scott Thomas
The Public Inquiry opens at 10.00 am on Tuesday, 11 February 2014, and is scheduled to last for 12 days, until Friday, 28 February.
Taking place at the Basinghall Suite at Guildhall (see map above), the inquiry is open to members of the public, and we would be very appreciative of a show of support from the public galleries.
Further details of the inquiry, including all the witness evidence submissions, can be found here
SMITHFIELD MARKET PUBLIC INQUIRY
PROVISIONAL OUTLINE PROGRAMME (MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
DAY 1 - 11TH FEB
am Inspector's Opening remarks
pm Henderson Global Investors - Architecture(John McAslan)
DAY 2 - 12TH FEB
am Henderson Global Investors - Architecture (John McAslan)
pm Henderson Global Investors - Townscape/Heritage (Peter Riddington)
DAY 3 - 13TH FEB
am Henderson Global Investors - Viability (Andrew Tyler)
pm Henderson Global Investors - Viability
DAY 4 - 14TH FEB
am Henderson Global Investors - Planning (Alan Simmonds)
pm City of London (Peter Wynne Rees)
DAY 5 - 18TH FEB
am Greater London Authority (Stewart Murray)
pm English Heritage (Nigel Barker)
DAY 6 - 19TH FEB
am Any third party supporters
pm SAVE and the Victorian Society - Architecture/significance (Dr Jenny Freeman)
DAY 7 - 20TH FEB
am SAVE and the Victorian Society - Architecture/significance (Chris Costelloe)
pm SAVE and the Victorian Society - sustainability/viability (Roger Hepher)
DAY 8 - 21ST - FEB
am SAVE and the Victorian Society - sustainability/viability (Roger Hepher) and Town planning/urban design (Alec Forshaw)
pm SAVE and the Victorian Society - sustainability/viability (Eric Reynolds)
DAY 9 - 25TH FEB
am SAVE and the Victorian Society - sustainability/viability (Eric Reynolds)
pm SAVE and the Victorian Society - alternative scheme/marketing (Ian Lerner)
DAY 10 - 26TH FEB
am SAVE and the Victorian Society - Architecture and design (John Burrell)
pm Any third party objectors and s106 planning obligations/conditions
DAY 11 - 27TH FEB
am Accompanied site visit (not open to the public)
pm Accompanied site visit (not open to the public)
DAY 12 - 28TH FEB
am Closing submissions
pm Closing submissions
For more information and images, please contact:
The SAVE office on 0207 253 firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE Director Clem Cecil on email@example.com
Victorian Society Director Chris Costelloe on firstname.lastname@example.org/0208 994 1019
NOTES TO EDITORS:
SAVE Britain's Heritage has been campaigning for historic buildings since its formation in 1975 by a group of architects, journalists and planners. It is a strong, independent voice in conservation, free to respond rapidly to emergencies and to speak out loud for the historic built environment.
The Victorian Society is the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment.
It fights to preserve important Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes so that they can be enjoyed by this and future generations. It provides expert advice to churches and local planning authorities on how Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes can be adapted to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. It also advises members of the public about how they can help shape the future of their local Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes.
It provides information to owners of Victorian and Edwardian houses about how they can better look after their precious buildings. It helps people understand, appreciate and enjoy the architectural heritage of the Victorian and Edwardian period through its publications and educational programmes.