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MP TABLES AMENDMENT TO END 'TROPHY ARCHITECTURE'

Conservative MP Andrew George has tabled an amendment to the Planning Bill that the RIBA and the Town and Country Planning Association believe would end the practice of 'trophy architecture'.Both the TCPA and the RIBA are pushing for the amendment, which aims to stop 'eminent designers or architects' being supplanted by inferior firms once planning permission for a scheme has been granted. They hope the amendment - which will be debated later this week by a Commons select committee - would force planning committees to 'assess existing planning permissions for a site before looking at detailed applications'.RIBA public affairs coordinator Steven Harding said if it fails there will be 'other opportunities in the House of Lords to make sure it goes in'.

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