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Planners pleased with Leeds' CASPAR project

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I was pleased to see your review of the CASPAR housing scheme in Leeds (AJ 3/10.8.00) because it is an excellent scheme that addresses a number of current issues. I do object, however, to Ken Powell's prejudices and inaccuracies concerning the role of Leeds planners. Far from being 'worried by the uncontextual character of the architecture', the city council argued strongly for the selection of this particular scheme at the completion stage. Subsequently, our only influence on the design was to suggest that the colour of external timber staining should relate to the surrounding red-brick Victorian architecture. The architects did not object; your readers can judge for themselves the merits of this amendment. Other references to our involvement are simply incorrect.

Finally, just to make the point that you should not believe everything you read in print, the developer was, of course, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, not the Peabody Trust!

Peter Vaughan, environmental design officer, Leeds City Council

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