February 11th. Public Inquiry to consider the Henderson scheme commences.
Victorian Society and SAVE submit a planning application for Smithfield General Market and Annex based on viable and fundable business plan from Urban Space Management, which has bought Covent Garden and Spitalfields and many other markets back into vibrant use.
The market’s freeholder, the Corporation of London, approves a radical redevelopment scheme backed by HGI. English Heritage concludes that the HGI scheme does not involve ‘substantial harm’ to the conservation scheme, effectively backing the scheme. The HGI proposal involves retaining only three of the perimeter walls of the General Market and inserting a six-storey office building into it, destroying the stunning market halls. A seven-storey block is to go over the Annex (fish market) with partial demolition of that bulding.
Thornfield’s parent company goes into administration and Henderson Global Investments take over the Smithfield scheme.
SAVE and English Heritage win a major Public Inquiry against Thornfields Property halting proposals to redevelop the General Market building at Smithfield. As part of his findings, the Inspector recommends that the buildings are conserved and that the site is put on the open market to allow a conservation-led scheme to come forward. This doesn’t happen.