Comment on: Government to sell off Planning Portal
This is sure to end well.
The Truman Show
The English Heritage statement is baffling. They are correct that St Peter's Square was envisaged as a grand civic space but that was a plan devised back in the 1930's and it included a large City Hall building - a public amenity. To use a unrealised idea from 80 years ago to justify a decision is just bonkers. Beside that - this isnt creating a civic space and 'realising that ambition'. This is just another unnecessary commercial development and i think English Heritage, MCC and Simpson really dont understand what is meant by 'civic space'. I also fail to see what 'public benefits' there are to yet another commercial development in a city which has acres of unlet office space - much of it just yards from St Peters Square.
Have the private tenants perhaps thought about building a high wall between themselves and the social housing aka 'the proles' so they dont have to look at their tasteless alterations? Perhaps one of the many resident architects could design the wall. A very tasteful wall. Obviously.