Thames Gateway must retain its character, says CABE

Forum urged not to turn gateway into faceless housing development

CABE has warned against turning the Thames Gateway into a faceless housing development with no character of its own. Instead, it urges planners to build on the existing character of the land. In a speech to the Thames Gateway Forum, John Sorrell, CABE chairman, said planners should “get serious about the benefits for existing communities”. He added that the area should set standards for sustainability, reflect the values of existing places and “assert the importance of great design”. The development should be based on the Landschaft parks in Germany, which have absorbed former industrial sites and created new homes, Sorrell continued. Simon Thurley, English Heritage chief executive, said heritage should serve as a “hub around which regeneration can grow”.

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