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Tracey Emin Upsets Neighbours With Plans To Demolish Local Landmark Building - ArtLyst Article image

Tracey Emin Upsets Neighbours With Plans To Demolish Local Landmark Building

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Tracey Emin has come up against opposition from her Shoreditch neighbours, after submitting plans to demolish a local landmark building and replace it with a contemporary David Chipperfield designed home and studio structure. Local conservationists have expressed outrage after an application to demolish the three-storey historic building in Spitalfields, East London became know.

Comments on Twitter and on the Facebook pages of the East End Preservation Society have been vitriolic: Chris Tandy said;  "What a diatribe of tripe from "Tracy ME ME Emin". She wants to preserve the heritage of Tower Hamlets by owning it, and doing as she wants with it, irrespective of what anybody else may feel about the building and its surroundings. You are as unconvincing as your art-work, Emin”. Dave Ryde said; "Neil Freeman you need to sort out your evil hipster queen” Steve Jessup said;  "It is a sad sign of the times when heritage is placed after profit. We see this so often in the old East End. How do these developers negate grade listings? I would love to know the answer to that, although sadly, I guess I do know it. Money talks loud”.

Emin purchased the property for around  £4m with plans to, "restore buildings and keep them in artisan use, to help stem the tide of commercial development flooding the East End”. Now after seven years the new proposals to demolish the listed building and replace it with a carbuncle has ended up with the proposal creating a frenzy from local residents. Tower Hamlets  said: “The council has, to date, received 25 objections and no representations in support to the planning proposals for the property at 66-68 Bell Lane". The planning application is currently under consideration, pending a decision in September.

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" I just notice they are the same architects that Antony Gormley has used for his studio 2003. - looks much like an industrial warehouse, fine for a sculptor but is it right for an artist painter type? One would expect something more imaginative on the outside, which might get round the local hostility - bad feelings from neighbours is nether fun. " - 22-09-2015  

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