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No need to go abroad to find pastiche


Thank you for telling us about the destruction and pastiche in Moscow - not a million miles away from the Crown Estate destroying Victorian windows 'by mistake' at 104 Gore Road, London E9 and replacing them with modern pastiche double-glazed units ('Window blunder plan for conservation area', AJ 5.5.05).

Is it not bizarre that the head of planning for Hackney council, Sue Foster, should have sanctioned this 'mistake' to a single property with belated planning permission, asserting her confident belief that she has made the 'correct' decision on behalf of the council?

Is it possible that Ms Foster is unaware of the precedent she has inadvertently planted, which will progressively destroy the remaining 1,000 Victorian windows with all their variety in 67 other properties along Gore Road?

This total replacement of windows is not to be confused with the low-key conservation of original fabric advised by English Heritage and government guidelines, and which is the usual modus operandi of the Crown Estate.

Total replacement undermines the essential quality and truthfulness of the Victorian houses that the Conservation Area was set up, by, yes, Hackney council, to protect and defend.

Is a 'correct mistake' really the best way to look after the Victorian houses in Gore Road?

Bruce Rowling, Hackney, London E9

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