The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “Today’s decision on Westferry Printworks is the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Tory sleaze.
“When Robert Jenrick approved the Westferry Printworks planning application, going against the views of Tower Hamlets Council, many residents, and his own planning inspector, it raised serious questions. There were allegations he ignored forceful reasons for refusal and rushed through the decision to save the developer money and deprive local services of millions of pounds in the process.
“I’m pleased that now, after many months and two public inquiries, both the inspector and the new Secretary of State share the council’s view that the larger scheme should be refused permission. It was inappropriate for the site in both scale and height, had significant heritage impacts and only proposed 21 per cent affordable housing. The smaller scheme originally approved in 2016 can still be built and we’ll continue to work to ensure any development here delivers the maximum benefit for our residents.’’