STRUCTURE: A new cancer centre to be built at Barts Health Trust has been given the green light by London planning officials.

However, campaigners who object to the new centre being built next to an eighteenth century hall have said they may push for a judicial review.

The plans, which were approved by the City of London planning committee in a close vote of 11 to 10, met with opposition from campaigners who were concerned that the location of the new centre next to the Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital would prevent restoration work taking place.

The Maggie’s Centre architectural plans include a translucent glass wall that glows in the dark. The campaigners were calling for an alternative site to be used for the centre.

A Barts Health spokesman said they were “delighted” by the decision and that they would “continue to work with the Friends of the Great Hall and Archives on our plans to maintain and develop the Great Hall for future generations to enjoy.”

During the planning committee hearing Queen’s Hospital former doctor Sir Marcus Setchell and David Selby of Hopkins architects proposed a rival plan for the Maggie’s Centre to be built elsewhere.

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 Health 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.”