Museum of London Smithfield move gets green light

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£337m redevelopment wins approval – as plan to relocate historic Smithfield to Dagenham is put forward.

PLANS to redevelop part of Smithfield market into a museum were given the green light on Monday.

The £337million scheme will see the Museum of London transfer from the Barbican site after approval was granted by the City of London Corporation.

The decision comes as the City submitted plans to relocate Smithfield, New Spitalfields and Billingsgate, three of London’s most famous wholesale food markets, into a 42-acre site in Dagenham. If that move is permitted, the new markets would open by 2026.

A meat market currently continues to operate in the eastern side Smithfield.

The site for the new Museum of London covers what was the General Market, Poultry Market and a suite of buildings known as The Annexe which include the Fish Market, Red House and Engine House.

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