– Chris Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society
These buildings are vital to the character of Smithfield and to the commercial, industrial and architectural history of the City of London.
Buildings like Smithfield General Market are what make the City such a special place.
We hope that this decision will cause developers and the City of London to reappraise the importance of the City's heritage and ensure that future schemes put buildings this like these at the centre of their plans.
– Nick Boles, Planning Minister
Heritage protection is enshrined in the National Planning Policy Framework and the benefits of the scheme were not enough to outweigh the potential harm to an area of such historic value.
Plans to demolish Victorian buildings at a historic site in central London have been rejected by the Government.
Proposals by Henderson Global Investors to knock down part of Smithfield Market and replace them with an office and retail development were turned down. Ministers agreed with the planning inspector's recommendation to refuse an application for the redevelopment of part of the market.