Latest research from has found that tall buildings, although often unpopular with the public, offer "clear economic benefits".
The British Property Federation (BFP) is an umbrella body for the property industry and its report found that tall buildings have an “agglomeration effect” which leads to a range of economic and environmental benefits that run contrary to their unpopular image.
Liz Peace - BFP chief executive - said the report intended to rebalance the debate over tall buildings, which she said had run into "ill-informed opposition" that ignored their potentially positive impact.
BFP used the Colin Buchanan Consultancy to model the agglomeration effects of high-density tall developments and found a number of distinct benefits, including economies of scale and a more productive workforce.
Liz Peace said: "While we have a responsibility to protect historical views and sites, we shouldn't use this as a blanket excuse to shelve schemes that could help generate new investment, We're not saying ‘cover our cities in tall buildings', but clusters of tall buildings strategically placed around public transport hubs have clear benefits."
Brighton & Hove is one of the very few cities in the UK to have a Tall Buildings Strategy which clearly identifies locations where taller buildings could be sited. Although two developments with tall towers have already gained planning consent we have yet to deliver any new tall buildings in the city.
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