It is rather disappointing when informed and expert commentators such as Martin Pawley profess to hold opinions such as those expressed in 'Do we all want a programmed life' (AJ 5.3.98).
He must surely realise that, outside of any 'town and country' argument, it does nothing but credit to government, planners and developers when an overall concept is developed which allows the hostile and heavy contaminated areas of the Greenwich peninsular to be brought back into use and at the same time to act as a catalyst, as Martin Pawley so accurately notes, for the regeneration of the surrounding urban infrastructure.
It may well be perfectly true that an estimate of the need of 4.4 million homes is conservative; it may even be true that there is adequate space in the countryside to accommodate them all. However Mr Pawley would surely not wish to see our cities become an ever increasing circle of dereliction which would be the inevitable conclusion of his expressed imperative to abandon city sites on the premise that they are massively costly to develop. The ready sales of such properties in the current market demonstrates that for many people the convenience of city living outweighs factors of cost.
Credit where credit is due Mr Pawley - reclamation of the Greenwich Peninsular is something of an achievement which many thought would never be managed.
STANLEY E BRUIN Croydon