This is the headline from the print version of an article from this week's Guardian:
But here is the very different headline from the on-line version - and it is exactly the same article. It depends what your take is on these matters...
Conservationists fear Madrid's design blueprint will repeat past mistakes | World news | theguardian.com
So, what is the 'true' picture of the promised development?
It clearly depends on your perspective - whether politicians promising to 'take the corset off' and take heed of the 'opinions' of residents - or fears of 'another disastrous run' or historical buildings going to the 'highest bidder'...
Take the recent 'planning vision' in East Devon, where a historical building and green space have been 'developed'.
East Devon District Council - Elizabeth Hall site - Briefing and FAQ
Friends of Elizabeth Hall - Exmouth, United Kingdom - Non-Profit Organisation | Facebook
BBC News - Exmouth's Elizabeth Hall demolition and Premier Inn build approved
Elizabeth Hall site cleared for new hotel development - News - Exmouth Journal
Residents' opinions were taken heed of... once the 'vision' had been established:
Officers back seafront Splash plan
Sean KeywoodFriday, December 6, 2013
Major redevelopment plans for Exmouth seafront, which are at the heart of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) vision for the town, have been backed by the council’s planning department.
Exmouth Splash | exmouthvision
Exmouth Splash “consultation” – “wide range of views” says EDDC | Sidmouth Independent News
Seafront ‘splash’ plan criticised - News - Exmouth Journal
10 July 2013
Exmouth “consultation” on money from sale of Elizabeth Hall, Exmouth to Premier Inns | Sidmouth Independent News
26 August 2013
Is the title of an article in today’s Guardian G2.
One paragraph: Seasides were always about taking money off holidaymakers, but Thatcherism has pushed the tide out way too far. Today, it’s too often about “profit centres”: if this piece of land on the seafront doesn’t make a big enough profit, let’s build something else on it, even if that means destroying the character of the resort. In my 1979 AA Guide, Exmouth is described as a place that has “all the amenities of a popular resort whilst remaining free from excessive commercialisation”. That just about holds true today, but won’t for much longer if East Devon District Council gets its way. Despite a petition that raised 10,000 signatures, the council has sold Elizabeth Hall, a popular community facility on the esplanade that dates from the Victorian era. It will be demolished and replaced by a four-storey hotel. The council’s ”masterplan” for the redevelopment of the seafront includes more “retail areas” and “a large privately-run play and recreation area.
The Great British Seaside Selloff | Sidmouth Independent News
The great British seaside sell-off | Travel | The Guardian
A little late but here is some food for thought in Exmouth, courtesy of the Letters page of a recent Exmouth Journal:
Exmouth? Blackpool? Can you spot the difference? | Sidmouth Independent News
And then there is the 'redevelopment' further along the coast:
East Devon District Council - Seaton Town Strategy
Seaton - East Devon Alliance
Another boost for Seaton’s regeneration - News - Midweek Herald
The non-favoured east side of East Devon – strange goings on | Sidmouth Independent News
Rallying call for ‘Green Wedge’ protesters - News - Midweek Herald
Futures Forum: Green Belts: the Seaton-Colyford 'green wedge'
Futures Forum: East Devon and toursim
Seaton: EDDC votes to share the profits with Tesco but no affordable housing on the site | Sidmouth Independent News
Futures Forum: Tesco's in Seaton