Possible reason for connecting Islam and environmentalism
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Submitted by Vijay (United Kingdom), Jun 16, 2010 at 15:28
There was plan to redevelop the Chelsea Barracks in London into luxury flats and affordable housing. That plan had the financial backing of the Rulers of Qatar. Prince Charles, who has his own ideas on urban architecture put pressure on the Qatari royal family to withdraw the backing
February 28, 2010
Charles's letter damned 'brutalist' housing
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.
At one point he apologises for his intervention, describing his attempt to lobby against the scheme as "interfering".
The letter is likely to be used in court proceedings later this year. Nick and Christian Candy, the property developers for the super-rich, are suing the rulers of Qatar over the collapse of the plans
The Ruler of Qatar obliged and withdrew the support. Now he is being taken to court. And even PC may be called as a witness
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.
The heir to the throne has always refused to confirm the extent of his lobbing against the £1 billion glass and steel construction in south-west London designed by his old foe, modernist architect Lord Rogers.
But critics claim he was instrumental in putting pressure on the Qatari royal family, who own the site, to drop the luxury residential development last year in favour of a more traditional design.
The prince's aides have now been informed that he is being cited by wealthy property developers Nick and Christian Candy brothers, who had
As a quid pro quo for the Arab ruler's deference to his architecural ideas (or prejudices), he is painting Islam as environment friendly.
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