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It's time for RIBA to educate the planners

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How refreshing that James Gorst is prepared to take on the planning committee on its reactionary opinions about his 'barn-like' project in Chichester (aj 16.8.99) The very best of luck to him; he deserves to succeed.

Of course, this is a familiar tale to those of us in the sticks: so why doesn't riba persuade the rtpi to bring out a set of information sheet- style guidelines on topics affect architecture with a small 'a' and architects' livelihoods.

These could actually be circulated throughout the planning departments to counter the lovingly prepared 'wattle-and-daub' leaflets that peddled the council's prejudice for the preservation of the status quo. Or is the riba (as usual) preoccupied with loftier matters, such as its own navel, to stoop to something so mundane?

AJ Lamont, Suffolk

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