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Peter Murray

Benjamin Derbyshire, Managing Partner at HTA Design LLP

The question is where to locate different urban forms in relation to our street network so as to enhance street life, not whether high rise is appropriate in London.

The long and rich history of European urbanism has been – until the 1960’s, at least – predicated on the ordering principles dictated by the urban street. Our street network and our tradition of street life is the European city’s greatest asset. In London, as an example, our success in creating mixed communities and a lively mix of uses is the envy of the world. Here, streets are a means of comfortably juxtaposing diverse backgrounds, cultures, activities and, with appropriately sensitive urban design, a diversity in the scale of built form too.

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Peter Murray

Below is the press release announcing the London Society debate about the Green Belt and Jonathan Manns’s position paper. You can read or download the paper here.

Jonathan Manns is Associate Director of Planning at Colliers International.

On Monday 6th October 2014 the Government published new guidance which reaffirmed the way it believes Councils should negotiate the politically choppy waters between discussions around housing and the green belt. In many ways it adds little to the discussion – again stressing that housing need doesn’t outweigh the need for protection – but it also indicates a key battlefield on which next year’s general election will be fought. It’s an important topic which needs to be framed now, before politicians seek the cathartic relief of yet more empty statements.

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Peter Murray, Chairman of The London Society

“When I was here last, the tables weren’t here” said Ed Jones as we studied the diners spread out across the streets around South Kensington station.  Cars, cyclists and pedestrians – as well as those just sitting down – shared the space.  Ed – of Dixon Jones Architects – was giving the Society a tour of his firm’s designs for Exhibition Road to see how this radical experiment in road layout was working.

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