The City of London planning committee today approved plans for a Maggie’s Centre next to the Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital by 11 votes to 10.
During the hearing, the committee heard from the Queen’s former doctor, Sir Marcus Setchell and David Selby of Hopkins architects, who had proposed a rival plan in which the Great Hall could be preserved and a Maggie’s Centre built elsewhere. Both individuals made passionate statements emphasising the detrimental impact the Maggie’s plans will have on the famous Great Hall, designed by James Gibbs.
The campaign to save the Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital has been supported by a long list of celebrities, doctors and historians, such as David Starkey, Edward Fox and Dame Eileen Atkins.
Sir Marcus Setchell commented:
“We are disappointed by the committee’s decision, particularly as the plan was only passed by one vote. We are frustrated that the Barts Trust has demonstrated little understanding of its heritage responsibilities.
“We are considering our options, including pushing for a judicial review.
“Without a sustainable future, this wonderful asset that is the Great Hall will deteriorate further and be a drain on the Trust’s finances, which are already in a parlous state.”