I wonder who Paul Finch means by "the heritage brigade", given that so many conservationists, including English Heritage's advisory committee, favoured the listing and preservation of Robin Hood Gardens.
Most of the photos in the document are of well-regarded "soft-Modern" schemes which seem to have been chosen to annoy the Scrutons of this world. Interesting - but then architects only look at the pictures, whereas developers will read the words which I'm sure allow for the interpretation "any old tat will do".
Your headline does not match the content of Historic England's statement (lamentable though HE's conduct has been). The building *no longer* meets the criteria for listing since its most listable feature - the ceiling 0 has been destroyed. There is nothing in HE's statement to suggest that it would not have met the criteria if it still existed.
The view of the Thames in central London may have been one of the world's great city views 300 years ago but oh, the irony of those who have done most to promote and enable the ruination of that view in the past thirty years, now suddenly converted to protecting it when it's far, far too late, is rich to say the least.
Well, of course the plans ignore Garden City principles. "Garden City", whatever it should mean, and whatever Ebenezer Howard originally wanted it to mean, in the Osborne - Pickles world means "volume housebuilder's low-density sprawling crap with a cuddly name", nothing more or less. Expecting Uncle Eric to sign up to something as Socialist as a real Garden City is total pie in the sky.