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Old March 26th, 2016, 06:13 PM   #21
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I'm surprised I used the term 'luxury flats' myself as I always chuckle to myself how all new developents claim to be 'luxury' - when they are invariably bog standard.

Good to hear that there is some retail space at least, but I'd still prefer homes for real Londoners who live and work in the city. Utopian thinking though.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 09:17 PM   #22
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Death masking is just fake conservation. The face remains but the substance, the heart and soul have gone.
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Old March 27th, 2016, 09:02 AM   #23
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Death masking is just fake conservation. The face remains but the substance, the heart and soul have gone.
I can't agree with this - the 'heart and soul' was ripped out in the 80s conversion - its pretty much/ or totally is a new building inside.. there are no 'period features' as far as I'm aware.
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Old March 27th, 2016, 11:31 AM   #24
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I can't agree with this - the 'heart and soul' was ripped out in the 80s conversion - its pretty much/ or totally is a new building inside.. there are no 'period features' as far as I'm aware.
It's the glass dome and the two towers of ten floors the campaigners are aganist.
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Old March 27th, 2016, 01:05 PM   #25
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Agreed - this has already been compromised and the plans look very well thought out. There is no reason why this shouldn't be a beautiful redevelopment. This area of town could do with a lift.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 06:34 PM   #26
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Death masking is just fake conservation. The face remains but the substance, the heart and soul have gone.
And more often than not the new heart and soul is much more appealing. We need to get away from the idea that just because something is old it deserves being retained. Architecture is about progress in both aesthetics and functionality not about saving old-buildings just for the sake of it.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 07:01 PM   #27
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Old March 29th, 2016, 10:31 PM   #28
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Massive Blight? Have the people actually looked at the designs?
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Approved, according to the beebhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35919362
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Common sense prevails.. For now.
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Blatant lies in the propaganda as usual. If they were a developer they would be sued and taken to court.

Looks like Save the Skyline is going underground also! As they are the same types that complain about Green belt expansion, where exactly do they expect a city to expand into?
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Old March 30th, 2016, 08:07 PM   #32
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Blatant lies in the propaganda as usual. If they were a developer they would be sued and taken to court.

Looks like Save the Skyline is going underground also! As they are the same types that complain about Green belt expansion, where exactly do they expect a city to expand into?
It makes my blood boil , that they have such an influence on planning decisions. Any other keyboard warrior would of been ignored.
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No 'affordable' or even not-on-site affordable homes though. No wonder people are unhappy.
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Old March 30th, 2016, 11:02 PM   #34
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No 'affordable' or even not-on-site affordable homes though. No wonder people are unhappy.
Well it did make a single sentence right at the end of their objection poster so obviously not an after thought at all then.
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There must be loads of room in those enormous 10 floor skyscrapers haha.
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Wonder what will happen to the Princess Productions TV studio in Whiteleys? Presumably SUnday Brunch etc will have to come from somewhere else
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No 'affordable' or even not-on-site affordable homes though. No wonder people are unhappy.
Reduce prices by increasing supply, or get the government to do it directly if that is your preference. Entangling private companies with the obligation to build "affordable" houses is just stupid.
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Entangling private companies with the obligation to build "affordable" houses is just stupid.
So everywhere should just be allowed to be unaffordable luxury homes?
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 10:19 AM   #39
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So everywhere should just be allowed to be unaffordable luxury homes?
Private developers are profit motivated , so they'll hardly put merit goods like social housing first. That's why government intervention needs to be increased as opposed to being demised at present.
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The improvements to the building and the local area are good enough for me - it's an expensive development and therefore needs to be paid for through high end housing.

Sure there S106 (?) payments are enormous.
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