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Terry Farrell

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I was dismayed at how your article 'Rogers out of toon in Newcastle' misrepresented what I said to your reporter. I have never seen the proposed masterplan for West Newcastle and so have not been in a position to comment one way or another on its merits. I do feel strongly that masterplanning expertise needs to rise in Britain, both on the professional practitioners' side and on the clients' side, to meet the new momentum that has been created in the wake of the Urban Task Force's excellent report; but to claim that I therefore directly said or even inferred that Richard Rogers 'has a lot to learn' is gross misrepresentation.

The other comments you make about my views on the masterplan are also taken quite out of context - while I know the masterplan area well (my old school, St Cuthberts, Benwell, is right in the middle) I have not studied the brief or the proposals and cannot knowledgeably offer much comment on the masterplan scope or demolition works. The whole subject of masterplanning needs a serious review of the clients' intentions and financial resources, and of the expertise that is needed; it is not very helpful to interpret my broader views on this subject as being merely personal and site specific in the way you have done in your article.

Terry Farrell, Terry Farrell & Partners

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