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Planning For Gingerbread?

1 April 2016
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Eugene Kim

 

We are fond of the London skyline… be it night shots from Waterloo Bridge, Tower Bridge yawning to allow ship thoroughfare, or viewpoints like the Eye.


But isn’t it getting a little crowded - with literally hundreds of towers proposed - and precious few rejected? 

 

It is rather a cavalier approach to the granting of permissions, compared with the more stringent approval rates of LPAs around the capital. What we see now has been distilled over centuries, yet the high-rises are set to multiply over the next couple of years.   

 

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A

pleasing

plethora

of ships

  ships

gingerbread

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ships

in

miniature

 

Protection of the collective aesthetic should be akin to the care of a listed building, yet while some sections of the skyline appeal (such as the patchwork of ship designs behind our office in Battersea), others may cause alarm like the view to the East of Waterloo Bridge, which risks morphing into a jar of kitchen utensils.

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The kitchen sink?

 

Planning policies from the said LPAs state that developments should match or tastefully contrast their surroundings, yet Battersea overlooks a gingerbread house mix of Heidi-style chalet towns, Legoland Villages and toys.

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WERE WE

CONSULTED?

 

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Everyone likes gingerbread houses, but did the public get much say in the planning approval? The fast-changing skyline has become a big debate, but are our views being heeded in offices that matter? Do the powers-that-be use consultation schemes like the LPAs do?

 

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   Fairytale themes? 

 

РWITH EQUAL WEIGHT 

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Beautiful

Bastions.

  • preserving a fluid blend of designs for the residential developments, away from the centre
  • only tasteful towers near traditional bastions of London like St Pauls
  • the concern about a skyline which is too crowded

 

 

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The French Alps  A host of Hi-Fis?

Assessing whether we have achieved a fluid blend of designs is a subjective issue, yet we are all aware of the fine line between a blend and a mish-mash. For example the aesthetics of a chalet town work more beautifully in the French Alps than in Chelsea, opposite our ship collection and between the toys and a nostalgic set of  80s music centres(!) 

 

 

With regards to our changing skyline, we as London residents or members of the work-force would like to be consulted properly about permissions and the speed of growth. Otherwise we might begin to feel like Hansel and Gretel along the forest path. 

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We may be¬†at the World‚Äôs End,¬†yet it is not¬†the end of the world ¬† ‚ąé¬†

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World’s

End

Estate,

Chelsea

 

 

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AUTHOR

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim, Founder and Managing Director of Extension Architecture, has led the firm for over 14 years, consistently delivering quality solutions. His dedication has been key to the company's growth and success.
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AUTHOR

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim, Founder and Managing Director of Extension Architecture, has led the firm for over 14 years, consistently delivering quality solutions. His dedication has been key to the company's growth and success.

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