Sir Terry Farrell has said he is in favour of the cautious stance taken by English Heritage over the question of tall buildings. 'English Heritage is right, ' he told the AJ. 'I think a lot of people are being a bit silly, and just having a punt. I would like to see all urban tower blocks have a plan for a mile around them.'
Speaking at a meeting of property breakfast club 'Movers and Shakers', Sir Terry argued that tall buildings were important for major cities, but not for reasons of increasing density. 'It is easy to increase the density of London with mediumheight buildings, ' he said. 'But tower blocks as visual markers can work very well.' Sir Terry argued that London was one of the least planned of British cities.Often this had been to the city's advantage, he said, by avoiding the ill-advised planning that scarred Manchester and Newcastle after the Second World War. But he said that times were changing and that 'properly planned systems do work.'
However, he voiced concern that the City of London risked neglecting good quality urban spaces in the construction battle to compete with emerging rival Canary Wharf.