Ruth Slavid talks architecture

When is it right to demolish?

Posted in housing, planning by ruthslavid on February 22, 2011

Here is a tricky one. An appeal inspector in Islington has refused an appeal against the demolition of ‘Choudhury Mansions’, a block of flats that differed  substantially in execution to the scheme that had planning permission.

You can read about it on the website of the local labour councillors. Doubtless the flats were as unsatisfactory as the campaigners against them argue. But, in sustainability terms, is it right to demolish this building? And with a shortage of housing, is it right to take some away? The answer to both appears to be no. But an action like this is not just about the individual case but about the messages it sends out. If developers are allowed to get away with it, what then? Tricky indeed.

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