Campaign to save Norton Folgate
- 25 March 2015
IN FEBRUARY THE SPITALFIELDS TRUST LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN 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 to13 storeys high, and far exceeding the historic neighbourhood’s prevailing 3-4 storeys.
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.
An exhibition illustrating the threat to the neighbourhood and an alternative approach to the reuse of the site: repairing its historic fabric rather than destroying it as proposed by British Land was held at Dennis Severs House in February and March of this year. A brochure illustrating the exhibition is currently available. Please contact us to obtain a copy.
For a simple guide on how to object to British Land's application, please click here
Photograph by Roelof Bakker