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Government demands yet more skyscraper guidance

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The government has called for further guidance on tall buildings, saying CABE and English Heritage's recently published Guidance on Tall Buildings does not go far enough.

In its response to the Local Government and Regional Affairs Select Committee's Report on Tall Buildings (AJ 5.9.02), the government highlights areas 'not sufficiently covered' by the Guidance and says they need to be further outlined when PPG1 is revised.

The response also calls on English Heritage to be more cautious about the listing of 20th century buildings. 'Its willingness to list eyesores from this period whatever their effect on the environment undermines its opposition to new tall buildings in inappropriate places, ' the report says.

It also hits out at CABE, demanding that the commission become less attached to the Modernist movement, saying, 'tall buildings are not essential for the urban renaissance'.

And it calls on planning departments to make better use of 'developers' contributions' to transport systems, 'especially where tall buildings have a significant impact on the local infrastructure'.

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