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Sign up to the AJ's 'PPG 7 - Save the Clause' campaign

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Sign up to the AJ's 'PPG 7 - Save the Clause' campaign by sending an email to ed. dorrell@construct. emap. com or by writing to 'Save the Clause', The Architects' Journal, 151 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4GB.

'The country house is one of Britain's great artistic contributions. Without this clause there will be no future great houses' John Gummer, former Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment 'Imagine how dull the British landscape would be if this legislation had been around in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries' Richard Murphy 'The one-off house contains almost everything you have to do in other building types. It is also a wonderful essay in itself' Will Alsop 'We have a habit of accepting mediocrity - it is like drip-water torture and numbs our senses. We should seek the highest quality design for all buildings' Ian Ritchie As a former president of the London Greenbelt Council, I recognise that this is a noble exception to the greenbelt laws' Sir Sydney Chapman, MP 'This smells of the worst form of Nimbyism. It is a rather selfish case of anti-legislation' Cedric Price 'It may not be too long until the houses being built now are handed to the National Trust, attracting tourists like our traditional country houses today' Piers Gough 'Planning is an activity that is designed to enable positive and innovative development to take place - not to stop change for the sake of doing so' Vincent Goodstadt, president, RTPI 'Country houses bring real economic benefits and that is something the British countryside really needs at the moment' Owen Luder

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