A debate organized by New London Architecture (NLA) has revealed a strong need for civic societies in London which protect the interests of the public in planning decisions, offering New York as a potential model. The debate, which was one of the headline events at the London Festival of Architecture, was organized in response to a study which showed over 200 tall buildings were currently in the pipeline for the UK's capital, which sparked fears that the current planning system was not fit for the purpose of controlling development in the city. More on the debate after the break Ben Rogers, director of think tank Centre for London, said "We have failed to create an effective civic organisation in London that can monitor events in the built environment and contribute to debates about it. "If we had such an organisation I wonder if we would have been aware of the rapidly changing nature of the skyline and the extraordinary transformation that’s coming."
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