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Real vision is needed to keep London at the top

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LETTERS

How many more landmark buildings are going to be refused planning permission in the City of London? We have many world-class architects based in London. Other countries appreciate their talents, why can't we?

The site of St Paul's is admittedly a landmark. But how many people realise how Classically inaccurate it is? The building is a pastiche of its time. Does such a building warrant such protection? In a similar scenario, are we likely to treat Quinlan Terry's Richmond Riverside with such reverence in 100 years? Assuming it lasts that long! It is an equally bad application of the Classical language of architecture.

Please allow London to grow and maintain its position as the most intensely vibrant capital city in Europe, if not the world.We need landmark architecture. We have the homegrown talent in our architects.

Let the public decide. Our misguided planners have too much power. Surely Londoners have a right to comment on the city and its growth.

Come on Ken Livingstone - start delivering some of the promises you have made. Let the city grow.

Adrian Hargreaves, an architect who has seen the light and has left the profession, London

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