ASH design proposals for West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates

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In response to the question raised by the AJ last week, there are many ways in ASH’s design proposals for the West Ken & Gibbs Green People’s Plan are better than Capco’s. The primary and overriding one being that the residents, many of whom have lived here all their lives, will be able to remain living in their homes, the refurbishment of which can be funded by the provision of up to 250 new homes.

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ASH’s proposal is an entirely sustainable one, both socially and environmentally, that builds on the existing thriving community and surrounding neighbourhood, rather than wiping them out. A palimpsest of different styles over time is what makes cities dynamic, vibrant and interesting. Cities are places of cumulative memory, not something to be erased and rewritten every 40 years like a cheap hard drive. That is cultural vandalism. The estates are well loved, and there is nothing wrong with…

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