Where to now for cultural soul of Leeds?

It's 20 years since Antony Gormley's Brick Man was refused planning permission. Arts reporter Nick Ahad on the reverberations of a bad decision.

This is a story of political embarrassment, missed opportunities, how money rules the world and how little we value our culture.

I'm waiting for a phone call from the PR people at Chatsworth House at the minute. The call, hopefully, will tell me that the Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee, meeting around noon today, has made a decision to bring a thrilling work of art to life.


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