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... while Bishop refutes claims he will scrap new public space

The new director of design for London has hit back at recent reports that he intends to slash the number of public spaces to be created as part of the Mayor's London plan, from 100 to 50.

Speaking to the AJ, Peter Bishop refuted claims made recently in the press that he intends to 'scrap 50 spaces'.

Bishop said: 'The 100 public spaces programme that [Mayor Ken Livingstone] has set out will be one of the main projects that I will be looking at in my new position.

'London has the capability of delivering at least 100 spaces, and we are still very committed to that target.

'When I said 'It is better to have 50 very well-designed, and well-thought-out public spaces, than 100 not so well designed' it was simply making a point of the need for quality in design.'

Bishop, who has only been in his director position for a month, was upbeat about his new role, and clear about its remit within the Greater London Authority.

He said: 'Design for London is not about duplicating work or interfering with other business, it's about adding value. We intend to add value to the designs that will shape London, and that includes London's 100 public spaces.'

by Richard Vaughan

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