P J Stewart
Comment on: CZWG has another Postmodern landmark listed
A well deserved listing.
Great horse - shame about the parked cars, yellow lines and tarmac - perhaps the buildings' new status will encourage an upgrade of the adjacent hard landscape.
Kate Hoey's opinions are invariably helpful if one is unsure which side of an argument to back.
What on earth are 'optics issues'? Could the use of incomprehensible jargon by consultants be a contributory factor to the general muddle?
In Design Council CABE's guidance on design review, the first of ten principles of design review is that it should be independent. It can be hard for a panel to assert an independent view where is a one-to-one relationship between the panel and a planning authority, as is the case with local authority panels, and the proposed GLA panel - particularly when offering advice to as powerful a decision maker as the Mayor of London.
I agree that it would be good for the GLA to ask Design Council CABE for advice. If they do, I hope that the latter will remember to mention the point about independence.
So (according to the Government's decision) the bits that are really good are not the bits that are to be redeveloped and the bits that are to be redeveloped (by a public sector body) are not the bits that are really good. Hmm. Have a look for yourself and see if you can make this distinction.