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Stop this chimney madness now

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Are dummy chimney stacks a planning requirement in the design of new residential buildings, even when there are no fireplaces for them to serve?

Two years ago, after many years of neglect, the Red Rover public house on the edge of Barnes Common (London SW13) was finally demolished and a mix of town houses and apartments constructed in one building. The building was topped with four hideous chimney stacks, brick built with concrete tops and plain pots, corbelled out and balanced on the tops of the separating walls.

Surely this is totally unnecessary: adding stacks which cannot be used increases capital costs and adds to future repairs. Is this another case of interference by town planners who thought that just because the old pub had chimney stacks the new building had to have some as well?

A clean roofline would have been far better without these blots against the skyline.

R W MARLOW

East Mosely, Surrey

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