Heritage Lottery Fund rules out Geffrye Museum planning appeal

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), who were to the fund the Geffrye Museum’s extension plans with a grant of £11m have ruled out the chance of the museum appealing the decision to refuse the scheme.

An advisory statement made on 30 May by the Head of the HLF London Region, Sue Bowers, makes it clear that there is no future for the current application:

‘The extension to the two year development period to 31 August 2013 was agreed largely due to the delay in the planning process and not to enable further revisions of the design.  We are aware that if the current Geffrye scheme is rejected by the planning committee, the Geffrye Museum would have to withdraw the current application to HLF as they do not have the time and resources to redesign the scheme and would lose the R2 award.  In effect, this would mean that if the Geffrye wished to develop a new proposal, the museum would have to begin the process again and submit a new 1st round application for Board consideration.’

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