Local pressure group Friends of Queens Market are delighted with the decision which comes after a five-year campaign closely followed by The Guardian’s London blogger Dave Hill. The ethnically-diverse market is one of many east London sites which face the mixed blessing of urban regeneration.
The mayor is proving inconsistent in his approach to high-rise buildings. After initial pre-election promises to curb skyscrapers in the name of preserving London’s historic views, he made an unwelcome U-turn last year on the Waterloo project nicknamed ‘The Three Ugly Sisters’.
There’s still a few high-rises slipping through, some of them more than once.