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Prescott urged to act over housing land

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has been urged to use land for housing that has been previously developed - instead of using greenfield sites, by one of the country's leading architects.
Lord Rogers of Riverside, chair of the Urban Task Force, has written to Mr Prescott warning him that England's urban areas are still under threat from poor design and that the wrong approach to property development could 'saddle generations to come with a legacy of failure'.

Lord Rogers said the country had reached 'a pivotal time for urban regeneration' and 'quantity should not be placed before quality' in house building. Good design should be at 'the heart of the Government's regeneration agenda', he said.