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No special treatment for trophy architects

Should planning permission be conditional on the original design - and designer - being used? Lord Rogers thinks so. So does Sir Stuart Lipton. But there are dissenting voices: British Property Federation director Will McKee claims that schemes which obtain planning permission are often 'unbuildable' and therefore have to be changed. And there is an assumption that the practice of switching architects is tacitly approved by the anonymous 'commercial giants' happy to offer a cut-price ...

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