22nd NOVEMBER 2021



29th OCTOBER 2021

The London Gardens Trust (LGT) have at last heard that their appeal against the decision to grant planning permission for the Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens (VTG) is to be heard in the High Court.  The judge has ruled that there is a case to answer on two of the six grounds: one is to do with the meaning of 'substantial harm', which  LGT say will be caused to the grade 2* Buxton Memorial as well as the Grade 2 gardens themselves. The second is the fact that no alternative sites were seriously considered and weighed up against VTG.

There were four other grounds which the judge dismissed, but we think there are some good arguments for including some of them, such as the fact that an unrepealed 1900 Act of Parliament obliges the gardens to be 'maintained ... for use as a garden open to the public'.
Meanwhile the new Holocaust gallery at the IWM has opened and demonstrates how much more powerful such an exhibition is when it can draw on the huge collection held by the IWM. The proposed exhibition at VTG will be largely digital and could not be anything else because the building runs a considerable risk of flooding.