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'York Alliance' claims Farrell's scheme will damage city

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A group of architects, planners, civil engineers and a conservationist have got together to oppose a £60 million retail scheme designed by Terry Farrell for York's 'historic core'.

The York Alliance, headed by architect Philip Crowe, has met the city planners to talk through its objections to the scheme, which it brands as 'entirely commercially driven showing no appreciation of the cityscape or the historical development of the city centre.' Crowe feels the scheme, for Land Securities, 'encroaches significantly on the site of the Castle' and pays no regard to the original design brief, ignoring recommendations for conservation area development. He adds that the cost-benefit arguments put forward are 'dubious' and that it is likely to accelerate the decline of other parts of the city.

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