The draft guidance entitled London View Management Framework provides additional clarity and detail to sections of the London Plan that deal with London’s designated views.
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said:
`London’s landmarks are cherished by Londoners and visitors to this great city. The London Plan identifies 26 designated views of strategic importance and this document will provide the necessary degree of certainty to help guide the planning process in considering the impact of tall buildings and developments on London’s landmarks. It will also better define the protected views of those landmarks.’
This draft SPG provides guidance on the policies in the London Plan with respect to the protection of strategic views and proposes to update the regional guidance in RPG3a, dated 1991. It explains the London View Management Framework promoted by the London Plan and how designated views and important landmarks within them are to be treated. It promotes a method of assessment that will assist with principles of good design, local urban design policies and the management of these views generally. It elaborates the management plans for 26 designated views in London and so will be of particular interest to boroughs that manage them and neighbouring boroughs that are affected by them, in addition to other key stakeholders who are concerned with the management of built environment issues.
Following consultation on this SPG which ends on Friday, July 15, 2005 the Mayor will ask Government to revoke RPG3a so that the new guidance replaces it.
Notes to Editors
Notes to Editors:
1. The draft SPG was prepared by Miller Hare and The Richard Coleman Consultancy and copies can be downloaded from http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/strategies/sds/spg-views.jsp
2. London panoramas provide elevated views of central London and its suburbs from viewing places within important open public spaces. Within these panoramas London’s landmarks appear as part of a wider view of a substantial part of the capital. The panoramas identified in the London Plan seek to preserve or enhance the qualities of panoramic views across a substantial part of London and produce a geometric definition of the viewing corridors within which those panoramas fit. In contrast, previous guidance focused entirely on protection of the landmark, meaning that the qualities of the panorama as a whole were not managed from the viewing place.
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