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AJ has case to answer for Cotswolds blight


My attention has been drawn to your PPG 7 campaign and the letters from Adrian James and Crawford Wright (AJ 22.7.04).

I am a member of the local group that opposed the application for a 'country house' here in Ramsden, Oxfordshire, which was allowed on appeal. In preparing our case, we consulted a number of architects, all of whom were against the application, considering that the design and landscaping were anything from inept to appalling. However, they declined to represent us at the inquiry and one of them, who was willing to appear, was told by his firm that this would be contrary to its policy. No one wanted to rock your boat. No one wants to be named now.

We did have an experienced witness who gave his opinion but he was not a qualified architect, as counsel for the applicant was quick to point out.

I, and other members of our group, have some sympathy with your campaign but it has meant that members of the public have been unable to obtain from your profession the help that they needed. That you may be partially responsible for what is now threatened on the Cotswold skyline should give your members pause for thought.

Dick Williamson, Ramsden, Oxfordshire

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