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Clare Melhuish reviews conflicting views on the value of London's skyline

Speaking at the ICOMOS seminar on London's skyline, Lora Nicolaou of DEGW highlighted the problem with so much discussion about urban planning - that development issues are highly emotive, and often there is no language available to discuss them objectively and constructively. As a consequence, 'nimby' constituencies triumph repeatedly, simply because their voice, driven by shrill self-interest and resistance to change, can be heard louder than any other.

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