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It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?

Letter: Ditch the brown belt

Sir: It is refreshing to see that Tony Blair's Performance and Innovation Unit is proposing that the green belt should be relaxed and farmland freed for development (report, 11 December).

OBITUARIES: Jill Craigie

JILL CRAIGIE was not Britain's first woman film director - there had been several in the silent days, notably Dinah Shurey, while early talkies included films directed by Mary Field, later head of the Children's Film Foundation, and the authoress Elinor Glyn - but Craigie was the first to achieve a combination of critical acclaim, publicity and wide distribution.

Prescott fears European funding inquiry could undermine revival of brownfield sites

JOHN PRESCOTT, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, is in danger of losing a battle with the European Commission that could cost Britain pounds 300m of EU aid to revive run-down areas.

Law Report: Time when gypsy status should be considered

Thursday Law Report: 11 November 1999; Hearne v National Assembly for Wales and another; Court of Appeal (Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Pill and Lord Justice Judge) 22 October 1999

Money: For good returns, add some zeros

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Tepee village fight goes to court

A HIPPY community's 15-year battle to avoid being broken up by planning officials reached the High Court yesterday.

When the losers of America take to the killing floor

WHEN THE bustling regularity of a city day was interrupted by the hollow crack of bullets, swiftly followed by the screams of sirens, no one had to apply much imagination to guess what had happened. Yet another American had snapped, taking out his frustrations in the first best way that came to mind: with a gun (or two, or three).

Kennedy daughter linked to Gore bid Gore

ONE OF the many archive clips replayed after the death of John F Kennedy Jnr showed his father, the late president, being asked whether he would like his son to follow in his political footsteps. With a speed of political wit now more associated with President Bill Clinton and a care for gender equality not typical of his time, JFK flashed back: "My daughter, too."

Urban regeneration? We've heard it all before

Cappuccino bars are not the answer, writes Geoffrey Lean

Friday Law Report: Jurisdiction to hear planning appeals

11 June 1999 Regina v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and Regions, ex parte Bath and North East Somerset District Council

Land for 600,000 more homes must be found by 2016

ANOTHER 600,000 houses must be built in the English countryside by 2016, on top of those for which land has already been allocated, according to a new report seen by The Independent.

Arts: Death and the maidens

First a memoir of Revolutionary Terror, then a novel, then a screenplay, and lastly an opera by Poulenc, The Carmelites bears the deep biographical imprints of all those involved in its creation.

Case Summaries; 3 May 1999

THE FOLLOWING notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

Case Summaries: 26 April 1999

THE FOLLOWING notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

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