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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
In brief: McCloud shortlists, Olympics submits, ugly stuff gets planning permission
In case you avoided the barrage of media yesterday, the Olympics has submitted its 15-volume, 10,000 planning application. So much for being green; that's a fair chunk of tree, even not counting the draft copies they chucked away. Hope they specified recycled, but I doubt it.

Kevin McCloud is continuing where Alain de Botton has taken a dive; his HAB (Happiness, Architecture, Beauty - goodness AdB must fume) has shortlisted the unlikely trio of David Chipperfield, DSDHA and Wright & Wright for his inaugural development. More unexpectedly still, he's got Isabel Allen, AJ editor, to come on board as design director from April.

A stunningly ugly-looking £70m masterplan has got the go-ahead in Bury. And the Royal Borough of K&C has approved another stunningly ugly 27-storey, 400 unit tower by Woods Bagot, despite it being understandably slammed by CABE. Apparently the scheme is worth £200m, which gives some idea of the disparity between Bury and K&C.

And it looks like DCMS is going to tighten up protection for World Heritage sites, so anyone planning to build a skyscraper near the Tower of London had better sneak their planning permission in quick.


Anonymous Tomas Klassnik said...

Thanks for the tip off. I've just finished a planning application for this. Hope it slips through in time.


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