Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Taking liberties at Norton Folgate, Spitalfields


SPITALFIELDS TRUST PRESS RELEASE 04/02/15

THE SPITALFIELDS TRUST LAUNCHES A CAMPAIGN ON 12 FEBRUARY TO STOP BRITISH LAND AND THE CITY OF LONDON FROM OBLITERATING NORTON FOLGATE IN SPITALFIELDS

In 1977 the newly formed Spitalfields Trust including Dan Cruickshank and with the support of Sir John Betjeman and Tower Hamlets Council stopped British Land from redeveloping Elder St.
Now British Land has come back to bury Norton Folgate under a hideous corporate plaza.

With faint regard for the distinctive character and history of the ancient Liberty of Norton Folgate, British Land proposes the destruction of over 70 percent of the buildings on their site within the Elder St Conservation Area - and their replacement with a generic over–blown corporate development of large office blocks up to 13 storeys high, and far exceeding the historic neighbourhoodʼs prevailing 3-4 storeys. 

Scorched earth: artist's visualisation showing the extent of demolition proposed by British Land in and around Elder Street


The British Land proposal does not make an adequate enough contribution to the pool of jobs and housing for local people. It is aimed at large corporations whilst offering little to the tech industries and smaller businesses so successful in this part of the East End.

Frustrated by a consultation process that appears to have had little meaning and has produced no significant change, the Spitalfields Trust is now OPPOSING British Land, in a fight to save the buildings and life of this historic neighbourhood and Conservation Area.

The Trust is staging an exhibition which articulates its criticism of British Landʼs scheme, tells the story of the history of Norton Folgate and presents an alternative vision for the neighbourhood – a vision which respects rather than destroys history and architectural precedent.

Further information will be posted on the Dennis Seversʼ House website newspage http://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/news/ from 5 February.

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