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Westminster Council is probably feeling jolly pleased with itself, judging by the story broken in Estates Gazette about the BBC headquarters design by Richard MacCormac. The property magazine, in a story taken up by The Times , said the corporation is threatening to quit Westminster over the council's intransigent attitude towards the major conservation and redevelopment exercise now planned around Broadcasting House. BBC executive Alan Yentob was so enraged by Westminster 's behaviour that he threatened to call 10 Downing Street to get some action. As usual, Westminster planners behaved in a way that is moronic and ignorant.They think they can amend schemes on the back of an envelope in meetings, so producing designs of a crassness that beggar belief.The sooner Westminster loses its planning powers in central London to the Greater London Authority the better. Or perhaps the mayor could be given powers to grant planning permission which would override the mind-numbingly banal aesthetic attitudes which masquerade as planning policy in Westminster City Hall. Action this day!

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