Although too late for consideration by the Inspector at the recent Planning Inquiry, the City of London Corporation has now produced a detailed, 15 page, analysis of the outline scheme that the Georgian Group put forward as a viable alternative to the developer’s proposals, which we considered harmful to the significance of the building and its setting. You can read the full letter here.
In short, the view of the officers of the Corporation’s Development Division is that the office-led, mixed use scheme that The Georgian Group proposed offers an opportunity to conserve and enhance the outstanding heritage significance of the London Custom House and that it has the potential to be transformative. They consider that in spatial urban design terms it would open up a significant stretch of the City’s riverside walk alongside the Thames Path, activate the quayside, and provide welcome public access to the building’s interior.
We await the Inspector’s judgment, but meanwhile welcome the City’s endorsement of our proposal which recognises what the London Custom House might become. We are grateful to all those who worked with us to make a compelling case to the Inquiry and to those of you who so generously supported our campaign. We will leave the JustGiving page open until the case is determined and if you have not already contributed to this it is not too late to help us defray the considerable costs of participating in the Inquiry: www.justgiving.com/campaign/thelondoncustomhouse
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