Rescue has written to Camden Borough Council making a strong objection to the Planning Application for the Demolition and Development of 44 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, the workhouse that is said to have inspired Charles Dickens.
The building is the oldest surviving workhouse in London, built in 1775-6 by leading Georgian church architect Thomas Hardwick.
The building is currently unlisted, despite strong feelings that it should enjoy this protection from both local people and national bodies, such as the Georgian Society.
The Heritage and Urban Design Appraisal, submitted with the application, fails totally to provide an adequate heritage statement as set out in PPS5. Our full letter is below.
- Local Liberal Democrat response
- Planning application (on Camden Council website)
- The Georgian Group response
- Information and Campaign from workhouses.org.uk