Friday 25 June 2010
Here's Kirsty with more details on tonight's Newsnight:
Prince Charles's opposition to modernist architecture is well known, but did he overstep his constitutional position when he lobbied the Qatari royal family - behind the scenes - to express his passionate opposition to a multi-billion pound property contract in London which was later cancelled?
Does he, as his supporters claim, simply give voice to the views of local residents who feel ignored by the planning system? Or is his clout increasingly making it impossible for new exciting architecture to find favour?
Today Judge Geoffrey Vos ruled that CPC group, a developer whose Chelsea Barracks property scheme in London was cancelled following opposition from Prince Charles, is entitled to damages.
In June last year the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment withdrew its planning application for the Chelsea Barracks development masterminded by Richard Rogers for CPC.
It followed a letter Prince Charles had written to Qatar's prime minister and the head of Qatari Diar expressing his opposition to the design.
Judge Vos said, both the developers, the Candy Brothers, and Qatari Diar "were faced with a very difficult position once the Prince of Wales intervened in the planning process" in March last year. "His intervention was, no doubt, unexpected and unwelcome," he said.
Live on Newsnight one of the Prince of Wales advocates faces a leading architect.
As world leaders jet into Toronto for the start of the G20 we have a live interview with the head of the OECD about the dangers of a double dip recession, as European nations tighten their belts in concert. Plus, when he described George Osborne's budget as "courageous," what exactly did he mean?
And, on the subject of these straightened times, our Science editor Susan Watts has a special report from the See Further festival on London's South Bank which opens today, timed to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.
It is a celebration of science that also heralds a big warning - spending cuts for short term savings in the area of science and innovation, engineering and design could have disastrous, long term consequences for Britain's prosperity.
Could we risk losing our place as one of the world's leading scientific nations?
Sir James Dyson tells Susan about the dangers of neglecting science, in particular in our education system.
Do join me at 10.30pm on BBC Two.
From earlier today:
David Cameron has urged a "tight focus" on priorities at the G8 and G20 summits - his first as UK PM - to make sure they "deliver for people".
The leaders of the G8 industrialised nations are meeting in Muskoka, Ontario to discuss help for poor countries.
Tonight we'll be speaking to the head of the OECD, Angel Gurría.
Then Richard Watson will be examining the curious world of planning and property development in Britain.
A high-profile court case has blamed Prince Charles for the demise of a scheme for luxury apartments in one of the country's wealthiest areas.
The case saw property developers the Candy brothers accuse the Qatari royal family of dropping the £3bn development plans for Chelsea Barracks in London after the prince's intervention. They sued the developers, state-backed Qatari Diar, for £81m compensation.
So is Prince Charles overstepping his constitutional role? Is his influence in affecting the landscape of our cities benign or otherwise? And does it lead to an inherent conservatism in British architecture?
And our Science editor Susan Watts will be reporting from the South Bank's celebration of science which coincides with the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. She'll be considering if cuts in Science and university budgets could undermine Britain's position as one of the world's leading scientific nations, and affect our long term growth prospects. Read more about that story on Susan's blog.
More details later.