Tuesday 11 July 2017 12.29am
The problem with tall buildings is that they overshadow much shorter buildings and take the light from shorter buildings, causing immediately close residents to keep their lights on for most of the day because the sun can't get through and light the gaps between them. They are not energy efficient for that reason. The top floors of the Shard can't be sold as they cost £200m+ and who can afford that these days, except for those whose ego matches the heights!
No matter how high they're built they'll NEVER reach the sky, and, many proposals should remember the towering infernos we've recently had, Grenfell, Lakanal, Peronnett House at E&C, Ronan Point in Newham, don't forget these people, many who've lost most of the members of their families, and other fires. Grenfell was also the subject of 'doing it on the cheap', it seems as though developers persuaded the Council to reduce the bill for cladding by £300,000. What's a life worth now? One for TfL on Blackfriars Road
blocked the signals for its neighbours, that had to be sorted out, but was it to their satisfaction?
Let's come back to Earth and think it all out again - buildings for people who would want to live in them - not just any old rabbit hutches, or little boxes made of ticky tacky, all looking just the same. Let's get away from 'slotting them in and forgetting them'! People want permanent homes!