Yesterday the Evening Standard published an article about Mount Pleasant titled ‘Mount Pleasant flats scheme is attack on historic district’ (see below) in which they mistakenly attributed the architectural designs to Sir Terry Farrell, whose firm was responsible for the initial master plan in the Supplementary Planning Document published in Feb 2012 and NOT the widely criticised scheme eventually proposed by the RMG in June 2013.
Farrells have asked the Evening Standard to issue an apology and a correction. The Evening Standard agreed and asked for it in the form of letter. Farrells suggested to the Evening Standard that this letter might best come from the local community, who have not, as many know only too well, been meaningfully involved in the planning process. This is the letter the Mount Pleasant Association issued:
Yesterday’s article ‘Mount Pleasant flats scheme is attack on historic district’ wrongly stated that Terry Farrell is the architect for the current scheme. This, like so many published statements surrounding this unpleasant saga, is simply factually untrue. Terry Farrell was in fact responsible for a previous scheme which had considerable support from the local community, both London Boroughs and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment before he was replaced by the current architects. Farrells scheme showed how a ‘place’ could be successfully and sensitively brought back to life to conserve and enhance the area. This error is grossly unfair on Sir Terry, and as the Secretary of the Mount Pleasant Association made up of local residents and stakeholders I believe he is owed an apology.
On behalf of the Mount Pleasant Association
The Evening Standard have since refused to print the letter, but will print an apology to Farrells in tomorrow’s paper.