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Protect cities as well as country

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Astragal (aj 29.4.99) seems surprised that the Council for the Protection of Rural England should have a London branch at all, and that such a branch should be concerned that many people are expected to travel to the proposed White City shopping-centre by car.

There have been many reasons why Londoners want to protect the capital's surrounding countryside but, increasingly, urbanists like myself have seen protection of the countryside and the revitalising of our cities as twin policies for a sustainable way of living in the twenty-first century.

For a new urban shopping-centre to require 4500 car-parking places is not only a reflection of poor urban planning, it also anchors the proposed centre firmly in age before computer shopping and home delivery, rather than in a more sustainable twenty-first century to which it should belong.

Harley Sherlock

London EC1

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