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Large parts of Smithfield Market won't be demolished to make way for a new complex of offices and shops after all.

Eric Pickles, communities secretary, has upheld a planning inspector's finding that the proposal to demolish parts of the significant market buildings was "to the great detriment to the surrounding area" and "wholly unacceptable". The campaign against the redevelopment of the fish and general market halls was supported by high-profile names including Alan Bennett and Kristin Scott Thomas. The Victorian market has been derelict for 15 years, but Save Britain's Heritage and the Victorian Society came up with fresh proposals for a regeneration scheme.

 

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