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Design not the issue at Crystal Palace

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David Rock and the aj both seem to believe that the argument over the proposed leisure development at Crystal Palace is fundamentally about the quality and style of Ian Ritchie's design. It is not.

The argument is about whether a multiplex and fast-food complex, with around 1000 car parking spaces and accessible only through predominantly residential areas, is the right kind of sustainable development for such an important historic site.

While the objectors have managed to secure a review of the proposal on the basis of the design, if Bromley had consulted with local residents first, and given less priority to money and more to amenity, a reasonable compromise might have been possible.

As it is, local residents and the adjoining boroughs who will be affected by the substantial increase in traffic are 100 per cent in opposition. The sooner this ill-conceived development is dropped the better.


The Dulwich Society

London SE24

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