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Could there be a 'third way' which accepts demolition as sometimes necessary but does not make it a central plank of policy? Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash thinks there is, and has concerns that if the demolition programme is perceived as that alone, it will cause resentment and fail to grapple with potential regeneration opportunities in unlikely settings. The company launched its New Islington housing scheme at the recent Urban Summit, to a masterplan by Will Alsop, where a failed 1970s estate is being replaced with a series of 'finger blocks' with linked social and health facilities. Bloxham's point is that the community knew what would replace the existing housing, and had bought into the ideas, before demolition kicked off.

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