I believe there are ways to design ‘a long range view from each dwelling’ into a scheme and that many designers would relish the chance, if developers can be persuaded to look at what homes might need in the future, not what simply sold last week. That design led approach might produce a more sympathetic solution, such the new development will become a place where open views can still be enjoyed and the sense of unique, peaceful and tranquil setting , blends into the green belt.
One of the big goals for China, is to produce a blockbuster movie, with global appeal, written and produced in China. The finance is there, the talent is there, but the story and creative licence has until now been supressed. Anton Ego (Ratatouille 2007) said in his famous speech “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” And I firmly believe that to be the case in China.
If planning is about preparing for the future, then is it time to gather the retailers large and small, logistic companies and key takeaway brands to debate how high streets should be laid out in response to shoppers’ future needs? The retail use classes A1 to A5 do not serve the modern retailer’s needs, with the decline of traditional shops (A1), banks and building societies (A2) and pubs (A4).
As online shopping increases modern living demands a more versatile solution, one that allows a guaranteed secure delivery, avoiding abortive journeys and serving the true purpose. Who is responsible for the design and specification of the letterbox: the architect, the developer or the builder? Possibly new EU legislation could help focus on the problem and legislate for re-design.
Planning officers should be able to make quicker and better-informed decisions provided the visuals are not misleading and prepared as accurate representations of the true proposal. Previously, the wishy washy water colour pictures could leave a lot to the imagination and were rightly treated with scepticism by planning officers.