Date set for inquiry into M&S ‘store demolition’

Heritage group wants to save Oxford Street building

Friday, 5th August

Marks M n S Marble Arch Proposal Picture

How the M&S could look

SAVE Britain’s Heritage is set to go head to head with Marks & Spencer at a two-day planning inquiry in October.

The campaign group is raising £20,000 to fight M&S’s plans to demolish its flagship Oxford Street store.

The shopping giant wants to build a modern and larger building in its place in a plan that was initially approved by Westminster City Council.

The decision was however “called in” by the then home secretary Michael Gove, who suggested the building should be adapted rather than rebuilt.

M&S had accused Mr Gove of “grandstanding” when the planning inquiry was announced in June.

Architects and sustainability specialists have lined up to try to save the art deco building.

Engineer and University of Cambridge academic Dr Alice Moncaster said in a statement: “The proposed demolition and new construction will emit many thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, increasing our impact on climate change.

“Retrofitting the existing building up to equivalent energy standards would emit considerably less carbon.”

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