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Old 02-14-2010, 11:56 PM
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Prince Charles blasted over plan for 2,000 homes in Green Belt | Mail Online

Prince Charles is under fire from two conservation groups he champions over plans to build on Green Belt land and to bulldoze hedges that shelter wildlife.

He has been accused of abandoning his rural credentials after his Duchy of Cornwall estate offered to create 2,000 new homes on rolling pastures just outside the historic city of Bath.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:34 AM
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Charles's letter damned 'brutalist' housing - Times Online

A letter written by the Prince of Wales to an Arab royal family reveals for the first time how much he interfered to thwart plans to build Britain’s most expensive residential blocks.

The letter, sometimes deferential and occasionally angry, speaks of his dismay at “brutalist” plans to redevelop London’s Chelsea Barracks into luxury flats and affordable housing.
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:55 PM
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Prince Charles may be called to court over Chelsea Barracks redevelopment row | Mail Online

Prince Charles has been warned he may be forced to tell a court of his role in scuppering plans for the controversial re-development of Chelsea Barracks.
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:12 AM
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Prince Charles may be called to court over Chelsea Barracks redevelopment row | Mail Online

Prince Charles has been warned he may be forced to tell a court of his role in scuppering plans for the controversial re-development of Chelsea Barracks.
Oh be still my fluttering heart! Charles "interferred" by exercising his right to write a private letter. The recipient exercised his right to take his points into consideration.

The financial cartels stroke the ego's of those like Lord Rogers (who shamelessly uses his peerage to his advantage) and other well connected lobbyists who, hand across heart swear they are only lobbying in the best interests of those in need of low cost housing. If that shameless symbol devoted to conspicuous consumption could just be tucked away behind the needs of the plebs nobody would ever notice that it's the luxury apartments (or lack thereof) that is exciting the bile of these stirling models of moral rectitude and righteous indignation.

People in glasshouses really ought not to throw whacking great rocks!
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:16 AM
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How Charles crushed £3bn development - Times Online

The discreet lobbying campaign waged by the Prince of Wales to kill off plans for a £3 billion modernist apartment complex in Chelsea, west London, has been exposed to public view for the first time.

Prince Charles, the Emir's wife and an £81m Chelsea battle - Telegraph

A dispute over the most expensive piece of land ever bought in Britain, which cost £959 million for a 12-acre site close to the centre of London, will finally boil over into a High Court legal battle this week.

The Prince of Wales, the Emir of Qatar and the £81m Chelsea Barracks lawsuit | Art and design | The Guardian

A bitter dispute involving the Prince of Wales, the Qatari royal family and architect Lord Rogers, who claims a multibillion-pound property project was wrecked by the prince, will come to a head in the high court this week.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:25 AM
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Prince Charles finds allies to take his "carbuncle war" global - Times Online

Times Online - 22 May 2010

The Prince of Wales has teamed up with a Kuwaiti princess and a Latvian oligarch to take his war on Modernist architecture around the world. To the dismay of his architect foes, a partnership is being launched to move the Prince’s vision of traditional building designs on to a global scale. It has chosen Arab countries, the Americas and Europe as targets for what it describes as its “world-changing” ambitions.

Sheikha Fadia Al-Salem Al-Sabah, known as the “First Lady of Squash”...was inspired to help the Prince after attending a seminar on urban design at Poundbury. A spokesman for the Prince said he hoped that PF Urban would help more communities to create “thriving, healthy and prosperous places” in which to live.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:22 PM
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Prince keeping close eye on new barracks design
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:52 PM
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Prince's complaint led to panic at property developers, court told - Home News, UK - The Independent

Secret e-mails presented in court have revealed the panic caused among property developers when the Prince of Wales complained about the design of a modernist housing project.

Prince of Wales 'upset' about Qatari development leak - Telegraph

The Prince of Wales was upset that a letter he sent to the Qatari royal family expressing his disapproval at plans for an expensive housing development were exposed, a court heard.

Prince Charles lobbied City Hall over Chelsea site, emails reveal | UK news | The Guardian

The Prince of Wales's interference in public projects was under fresh scrutiny tonight when confidential emails obtained by the Guardian revealed he lobbied the deputy mayor of London against plans for the £3bn Chelsea barracks site.

How the 'meddling prince' and his aides turned up heat on developers | UK news | The Guardian

The Prince of Wales is no normal Nimby. When the heir to the throne says "not in my back yard", property developers, architects and planners quake.

That much has become clear in the Royal Courts of Justice as Mr Justice Vos sifts through the rubble of the prince's latest intervention, after which Qatari Diar, a state-owned company, tore up modernist designs for a £3bn Chelsea barracks development in west London.
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Oh be still my fluttering heart! Charles "interferred" by exercising his right to write a private letter. The recipient exercised his right to take his points into consideration.

People in glasshouses really ought not to throw whacking great rocks!

I don't really know enough about Charles' campaign against modern architecture to point fingers at anyone with regards to this issue, but I think this quote from the last Guardian article posted by Warren demonstrates that, to people in the Middle East especially, Charles isn't just a private citizen. He's a member of the royal family, and royals wield real power in many of those countries.


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The emails show that the Qatari royal family was concerned as much, if not more, about the Gulf state's reputation as about profit on its development projects. Even though the letter remained secret, the Qataris saw the impact in geopolitical terms.
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I'm thinking of all the tradespeople who would have been employed by this project and the other economic spin-offs that would have resulted. I wonder whether Prince Charles took these into consideration?
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They are changing the design, not scrapping the project.
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Hopefully he won't object to the next design. I suppose that it's a delay in the starting of the work, even if it isn't eliminating the project.
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Hopefully he won't object to the next design. I suppose that it's a delay in the starting of the work, even if it isn't eliminating the project.
On this aspect I have to go with Charles and 'not in my backyard" thinking. On this side of the pond.. its been on TV how this most outrageous design etc.. and it does work for where they're building it. In England? something of the same? i'm with Charles and say NOT in that back yard.
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Not only would Charles wish to stay away from the Bollywood aspect of things...but he's also aware too of the land they wish to build on and perhaps its not the best use of it in his eyes.

Perhaps it me but just maybe to Charles its like another country trying to control a bit of his home. We all know how much Fayed tried to buy his way into the aristocracy and be accepted and um..it never worked.

I'm with Charles. not in my backyard do ya.. (sits on porch. chews tabaccy and rocks with a bottle of Russo's merlot)
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:21 PM
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Revealed: Prince Charles' 'passionate' letter to Qatari prime minister pleading for modern development to be scrapped | Mail Online

An heartfelt letter from Prince Charles pleading with the Qatari prime minister to abandon a £3billion property development in London has been revealed.

Charles underlined words in thick black pen to emphasise his heartfelt opposition to the modernist design for the Chelsea Barracks site.

And the prince even signed his name in Arabic at the end.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:07 PM
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Prince of Wales' role in Chelsea Barracks saga was 'unwelcome' says High Court Judge | Mail Online
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What I need clarification on is why not design something to blend in with the rest of the architecture by the site? Then it is a win win for everyone.
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Because the modern architects think that those modern monstrosities are good for the area.
Had they proposed something that blended with the rest of the architecture of the area there would be no problem at all.
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:55 PM
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Prince Charles was 'only expressing views of unhappy local residents' by intervening in Chelsea Barracks development | Mail Online

Prince Charles was only expressing the views of unhappy local residents when he intervened over the multimillion-pound Chelsea Barracks property development, a senior aide claimed today.

Sir Michael Peat, his Private Secretary, insisted that Charles decided to write to the Qatari royal family in a bid to scupper the £3billion project because it was his 'duty' to make sure their voices were heard - and not because of any personal opposition he may have had.
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