I thought you would like to hear about the planning application submitted by the Geffreye Museum to (amongst other expansionist ideas), demolish an 1830’s old pub on the perimeter of their land.
To cut a long story short Will from the Spitalfields Trust & Peter from Camden Council plus myself attended the planning application meeting this evening at Hackney Town Hall to speak against the application. Will is very experienced in renovating period buildings on behalf of the Spitalfields Trust & made a good case against the demolition of the pub saying the Trust would be only too willing to renovate it & re-establish it as a Public House.
Peter talked about the design problems & I said that the new design was incongruous & demeaning to the area & that a museum of all places should NOT be demolishing a piece of local history!
Well, the resultant vote was astonishing – 6 Councillors voted with us & only 2 voted fro the museum plans!!
This was qualified by this statement – ” The new design was not of sufficient merit to replace the pub & the harm the loss of the pub would cause did not justify giving planning consent”!!!
So, back to the drawing board for the museum & a (temporary) reprieve for the defunct pub building.
A surprising victory for the working class history of Hackney!!
To view the proposed new building & also that of the pub go:
This is a great site regardless!
Here’s the w inning team!
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