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English Heritage launches inquiry into fad for tall buildings

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URGENT RESEARCH into the need for tall buildings in city centres has been initiated by English Heritage in response to a flood of planning applications for megatowers throughout the UK.

Speaking at the launch of a consultation document designed to produce definitive planning guidelines on tall buildings, English Heritage (EH) chairman Sir Neil Cossons said there was still no definitive evidence that tall buildings were really needed.

'So far the debate has been dominated by a small coterie of developers and their architects, ' he said. 'Our cities are under pressure from a plethora of tall building proposals. We are therefore launching a programme of research to get some definitive answers.'

The consultation document, Guidance on tall buildings, is the first joint venture between EH and the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE). Chairman Sir Stuart Lipton said 20% of the schemes now being evaluated by CABE were tall structures, located throughout the UK.

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