Diary: Modernist slams "ghastly boroughs"

The fragile links between architects and planners took another battering last week as leading modernist Piers Gough aired his disenchantment with London planning authorities' "abysmally low" appreciation of architecture in the national press.

After hailing the "proper architectural discussions" that enhance the marbled halls of the Royal Academy of Arts, Gough told The Guardian: "Then the next day, you have to meet some third-rate planning officer in some ghastly borough where they tell you all this slimy rubbish. I cannot conceive that we are on the same planet. It's just a question of what councillors will put up with. It's very exhausting."

RTPI president Mike Hayes refused to take the rant lying down. "Gough is a really good architect, a very bright, intelligent, articulate person, and I've really enjoyed working with him in the past," he said. "But the definition of a good development is a partnership and by constantly knocking planners he does nothing to foster good relations between two professions that need to work together."


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