Exterior view of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Whitechapel Bell Foundry © Historic England DP130808
Whitechapel Bell Foundry © Historic England DP130808

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

The public inquiry to determine the Whitechapel Bell Foundry planning application began on the 6th October 2020, following January’s call in of the application by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

We are involved with the inquiry in the capacity of “Interested Party”- we have submitted a full written statement to the inquiry and a Historic England representative will be attending it to answer any questions on that statement, if required.

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry produced large bells from the eighteenth century to its closure in 2017, when the owners of the Foundry, the Hughes family, decided that continued production of church bells at the Foundry was no longer viable, and they sold the buildings.

The new owner has developed a scheme for the Foundry buildings that would produce small bells under licence from the original owners and using some of the original tools. It would provide a measure of public access and it is sensitive to the historic fabric. As part of the scheme a new hotel is proposed, replacing a modern building at the rear of the site which is not of architectural or historic interest and not listed. Overall the design complements the setting of the historic buildings and the character of the conservation area.

We believe that the proposals have the makings of a successful heritage regeneration scheme, and would provide a sustainable future for this important group of listed buildings.

2nd October 2020

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