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Letter: Surely We Can Have Better Design Than This?

Published on: 26 Nov, 2016
Updated on: 26 Nov, 2016
Some of the hosing units that will form part of the development.

Some of the housing units that will form part of the development.

From Andrew Backhurst

We really need the houses but surely we can do better with the design than this? Something that looks ugly in an artist’s impression will look terrible a few years after it’s built.

In truth, to my eyes, it looks like a Lego city.

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Responses to Letter: Surely We Can Have Better Design Than This?

  1. C Barker Reply

    November 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    So true, just like the eyesores popping up all down Walnut Tree Close.

  2. Caroline Reeves Reply

    November 27, 2016 at 8:29 am

    A number of the planning conditions that were agreed by the committee cover further decisions on the materials to be used in the construction. The colours are not necessarily a representation of the final design, and computer renderings often don’t do justice to the final build.

    Caroline Reeves is the Lib Dem borough councillor for Friary & St Nicolas

  3. Frank Phillipson Reply

    November 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    The design is reminiscent of 1960’s boxes with its rectangular cut-outs for windows. I don’t think that changing the materials will have any great effect. Has this style been selected because it is the cheapest to build with no frills?

    Are we at the mercy of what architects and planners think is the current style for new builds of this type? They don’t have to live with it but we’re stuck with it.

    There have been many new local buildings with far better architecture than this. Can we not have some pitched roofs, some curves, arches, recesses and projections from the faces of these buildings? Were there any other designs that were put forward for this site?

    As an example of how the proposed development will appear you only have to look at the housing development on the north side of Martyr Road (where the old Surrey Advertiser building was) to see how bland and uninteresting it is.

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