The proposed Greenwich Market redesign would see new buildings of "character and potential historic significance", a planning inquiry heard today.
That was the verdict of Dr Jonathan Edis who was called as a professional witness by Greenwich Hospital.
Dr Edis said that the market buildings dating from the 1950s do not "really hang together" with the rest of the market and are "not worthy of preservation". He added that the scheme would see "no loss of significance" and would instead create an "attractive way of drawing people into a new and vibrant space".
He was asked if he knew why Bespoke Hotels, the selected operator for the hotel if it gets the green light, had produced a web page advertising the hotel including "an alfresco restaurant-bar set amidst the cobbled courtyard" but Dr Edis said he had no knowledge of that.
The lawyer representing the council suggested to Dr Ediz that in his written submissions he had tried to "create an argument" with the council's Senior Conservation Officer, Rebecca Duncan, and he was in fact a "hired gun".
Dr Edis is a former local authority conservation officer himself and now runs his own cultural heritage consultancy.
Other developments from the inquiry's fifth day included the Planning Inspector announcing that he will make his own unaccompanied visit to the market on Saturday. The inquiry schedule includes an accompanied visit on Thursday but market trader, Kate Jaconello, suggested earlier in the week that he visit at a weekend which he has now agreed to do.
The inquiry continues at the town hall on Wednesday, the site visit due to take place on Thursday and closing submissions on Friday.