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How should London respond to the Skyline campaign?

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The Walkie talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street is particularly hideous, looming ponderously up into the City skyline as it does. These 230 plus towers, if they are built, would destroy the look and character of London. London is not Singapore, Dubai or Shanghai, nor should it want to look like them. Tower blocks are not suitable for family living, that was proved back in the 1960s and 1970s. These towers may be described as residential by the developers but they would not be affordable to ordinary Londoners and so do nothing to solve the housing crisis in the capital or the urban sprawl which threatens the greenbelt surrounding London. The Prince's Trust has sensibly proposed mansion blocks of between 5 to 8 storeys grouped around garden squares to solve the housing crisis and build on a human scale. There is a lack of proper scrutiny going on, otherwise vanity projects like Walkie Talkie, Vauxhal Tower, Strata etc would not have got off the drawing board. The GLA has a lot to answer for and is not fit for purpose. Peter Rees is also culpable in my view.

Posted date

1 May, 2014

Posted time

8:32 am

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