Letter: Leasehold aesthetics

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Sir: Martin Richardson calls for a formula to be found to maintain visual control of the major leasehold estates. This formula is available and is detailed in sections 62 and 63 of the Housing and Urban Development Bill. To quote from the preamble to the Bill:

Landlords may apply to a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal for the approval of estate management schemes. Such schemes may be approved if the Tribunal considers it is in the general interest that the landlord retains powers of management in respect of the houses or premises in an area to maintain standards of appearance and amenity and regulate development.

Large estates objecting to the Bill have not drawn it to the attention of the public. Of course, if they did, there might not be much sympathy left for their cause.

Yours faithfully,

DAVID SHAMASH

London, WC2

2 March

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