• The Whitechapel Bell Foundry application that I've posted about before has been approved by the Secretary of State:


    I don't think it's a very good application; the problem with sites like this is always that if the owners give up pursuing their trade there, the writing is on the wall, because another use will have to be found. Because this one is so unique and historic, you would really hope that someone would want to carry on the tradition there, but traditions aren't forever.

    Because the front buildings, including the frontage to Whitechapel Road, are meant to be maintained, I don't think it's a terrible application, either, but I'm certainly not impressed with the use as a hotel. It's just boring business as usual.

    I feel for the campaigners, who must be terribly disappointed, but I don't think they will have had a very strong case to start with.