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Greens send Livingstone a breeze block to mark 'dodgy planning'

London's Green Party has awarded the capital's mayor Ken Livingstone the top prize in its Dodgy Planning Awards.

The group named Livingstone as the winner of its initiative, in an effort to satirise the London Planning Awards, which are being announced tomorrow (06.12.05).

The ecological campaigners, who are headed by London Assembly member Darren Johnson, have sent Livingstone a congratulatory breeze block to mark his win.

The award citation refers to mayoral planning decisions such as his support for the new Arsenal Stadium, by HOK Sport, and Vauxhall Tower, by Broadway Malyan.

In particular it attacks a failure to win enough affordable housing as part of the Section 106 agreement that went with the Arsenal project.

However the mayor's office has lost no time in releasing a statement to rubbish the comments.

'The London Assembly Greens have really not done their homework here,' the statement says. 'Some 50 per cent of the 2,000 new homes in the Arsenal regeneration scheme as a whole will be affordable.

'This is the best performance in terms of affordable housing of any scheme on this scale,' the statement added.

by Ed Dorrell

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