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Gehry 'suffers due to lack of UK planning experience'

A document leaked to the AJ claims that Frank Gehry's unfamiliarity with British planning has caused problems for his contentious King Alfred towers in Hove as they proceed slowly through the planning process.

According to reports of a recent meeting of Brighton and Hove Council's architects' panel, the famous architect's largely foreign experience has created many difficulties for local planners.

Minutes from the panel's 23 January meeting suggest that 'a lot of time was spent explaining that the way Gehry works does not sit happily with the English planning system' and that 'he likes to work on designs while the buildings are being constructed'.

The minutes continue: '[This] makes it very difficult for the council - as the local planning authority - to consider the application, as we need to have a reasonable expectation as to what would be built.'

Brighton and Hove Council said that this excerpt from the minutes was a description of proceedings from an earlier meeting late last year with CABE and English Heritage, although it refused to comment further.

by Rob Sharp

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