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Mayor to rule on Mount Pleasant

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson will this week rule on the future of the Royal Mail’s controversial Mount Pleasant housing scheme

The 680-home scheme by Allies and Morrison, Wilkinson Eyre, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris lies in the boroughs of Camden and Islington but the application was taken out of the hands of the two planning authorities by the London mayor in January.

The design has been heavily criticised by local residents for its ‘fortress-like’ layout and campaigners commissioned Neoclassical architect Francis Terry to create an alternative scheme called Mount Pleasant Circus in the summer.

Lobby group Create Streets, which commissioned Terry and campaigns for conventional terraced streets, has published a new report on its plans, which argues that the Terry scheme will provide more housing and is ‘exponentially more popular’ with locals.

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