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The vulcan beams in to Thames Gateway


Maverick right-wing Tory MP John Redwood has continued his political rehabilitation with the publication of a new pamphlet on development in the Thames Gateway.

The week after the former Welsh secretary was surprisingly appointed shadow secretary of state for deregulation, Redwood has launched Thames Reach; a new city.

The thesis - funded by the Royal Bank of Canada - looks at the government's plans for a massive housebuilding programme in the South East and the Thames Gateway, particularly in north Kent.

While he accepts the need for new housing, Redwood savages the government's plans for urban design and architecture.

'People prefer detached or semi-detached homes to terraced houses and prefer terraced houses to flats, ' he writes.

'The city should have an exciting new centre representing the best of new English architecture.

It should be a city with a heart, a focus, a design and a diversity.

'At its centre might stand grand public squares and it might reintroduce the idea of terraced housing around the garden square, ' Redwood adds.

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