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Brent into shape: An interview with Alice Lester

Words: Huw Morris
Alice Lester Credit Peter Searle

Alice Lester is newly promoted to director of regeneration, growth and employment for Brent, a London borough undergoing major renewal. She tells Huw Morris about planning in an age of austerity, why enforcement is about persuasion and what’s right and wrong about national planing policy

Early in her career Alice Lester had an experience that made her wonder whether things could get any better.As a junior planning officer at Westminster City Council, her patch was the W1 postal district, an area featuring some of London’s most notable landmarks, as well as such places as Mayfair, Regent Street, Oxford Street and Soho.“My first unaccompanied site visit was to see some air con........
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