My colleague Peter Vaughan in his letter regarding the CASPAR housing scheme in Leeds (AJ 17/24.8.00) quite rightly defended the role of Leeds planners and corrected certain inaccuracies previously printed in the AJ (3/10.8.00).
I would also like to correct some inaccuracies contained in the letter that followed Vaughan's, from E R Kannemeyer.
The escape provision from the study can be via an external escape window leading onto a balcony, and the doors between this room and the living room are protected to a halfhour period of fire resistance and are self-closing. Comments indicating a serious fire risk should not be made when the full facts are not known.
The letter writer obviously did not read your review in much depth as the text on page 36 indicated that 'the balustrade is backed with galvanised steel anti-climb mesh'. The mesh is shown on the section on page 37.
I doubt that it will be necessary to impose a weight restriction of future generations using the private balconies as the construction has be ratified by engineering design.
Phil Dalloway, principal building control surveyor, department of planning and environment, Leeds City Council