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National Holocaust Memorial Can Be Built Next to Westminster, Minister Ruleson July 29, 2021 at 3:49 pm

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A national Holocaust memorial centre will be built next to Parliament after a minister signed off on a recommendation that the location would present a “powerful associative message.” The Board of Deputies of British Jews welcomed the decision by housing and planning minister Chris Pincher, while opponents of the plan are “deeply disappointed,” calling the approval “divisive.” Pincher’s decision came after local public inquiries were held in October and November due to the application being called in for central consideration. The proposal to build the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre (HMLC) in Victoria Tower Gardens, to mark the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jewish people and other minorities during the Second World War, faced objections from campaign groups. But Pincher agreed with planning inspector David Morgan that the “application should be approved.” The Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government’s decision letter said the minister “agrees with the inspector …

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