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High-density living can work

27 August, 2021

• MEG Howarth doth protest too much, (We have been warned on the loss of green spaces, August 20).

The late Islington architect Harley Sherlock always felt that high-density urban living, with all the services we need within walking distance, was the most sustainable way to live.

And he seems to be getting fresh support from climate scientists and urban planners in the United States who want to get more people living in city centres rather than the suburban sprawl that is the US norm – and is getting more common here, with everything requiring a car journey to reach it.

See The Guardian’s “Denser cities could be a climate boon – but nimbyism stands in the way” (

Yes, every development must be assessed on its merits but the overall objective of providing as many people as possible with a decent affordable home is highly desirable.

Ideally it should be everyone with a decent home. But that will require a change of government – or at least a change of heart by central government. I’m not holding my breath.



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