Queens Market Saved From Skyscraper

By BethPH Last edited 107 months ago
Queens Market Saved From Skyscraper

Queens Market in east London has been saved from the wrecking ball. The 110 year old market in Upton Park was under threat of being demolished and replaced with yet another tower block until yesterday, when planning permission was vetoed by Boris Johnson.

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.

Last Updated 14 May 2009


I think you have to be inconsistent with something like this. We wouldn't want to see every high-rise built, nor would most people want to see every high-rise blocked. They each need to be assessed on their merits and potential drawbacks, rather than a blanket ruling either way. Every new planning application poses unique questions about sightlines, local community, urban density, design and other issues.


During the campaign Boris was never anti-skyscraper, he just wanted them kept in "clusters", like the City, Canary Wharf, and Croydon. I think he's been reasonably consistent thus far in following that approach.


Fair point. I suppose I had in mind the sudden popularity of high rises again, especially in the east end. I'd be interested to know what the official definition of 'spoiling a view' is though.


More and more high-rises are something to be welcomed. It makes much more sense to build upwards rather than continue the urban sprawl into the green belt. The countryside is far more worthy or preservation than the East end.