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Kings College London's Strand demolition plan paused

The buildings on the Strand Image copyright Save Britain's Heritage
Image caption Save Britain's Heritage is calling for a rethink to preserve the Victorian buildings

University plans to demolish a row of Victorian buildings in central London are put on hold while government ministers consider the application.

Thousands of people have signed a petition to stop King's College London replacing the buildings on the Strand with a new, bigger academic building.

Save Britain's Heritage campaigners said the new building would be "bland".

Westminster Council approved the college plan on 21 April but a holding direction has since been applied.

The application for 154-158 Strand, which includes a new courtyard and link to Somerset House, was submitted in December 2014.

The college said it had the support of English Heritage and the council.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "The Department has received representations asking for this application to be called-in. We have issued an Article 31 holding direction on this planning application while we assess whether or not to do so, so we can give the matter proper consideration."

Image copyright Save Britain's Heritage
Image caption King's College wants to create a bigger building which includes a courtyard and extension

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