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Prince slams planning system again

The Prince of Wales has added to his long list of built-environment bugbears by slamming the British planning system.

The Prince branded the country's planners too 'specialised and reductive' to deliver attractive communities and went on to slate modern housing estates in a speech last week.

Speaking at the Gala Dinner of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), he also labelled engineers as a bad influence on town planning.

He said: 'The design standards imposed by the highway engineering profession are particularly damaging to community, as they ensure the dominance of the motor vehicle over the pedestrian.'

The prince issued a call to arms to the RICS, adding that surveyors could 'convert' planners and engineers.

He concluded: 'Neighbourhoods of [the] Georgian and Victorian era hold value far better than the monocultural housing estates of the past 50 years.'

by Rob Sharp

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