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Mayor acts to protect views of London landmarks

11:52 | 05.06.09

By Neil Spike

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, plans to strengthen the protection given to the historic views of London's landmarks and World Heritage Sites.

He has published new draft guidance that will help ensure they are not obscured or spoilt by development when seen from specific points across the capital.

The "London View Management Framework", out today for consultation, updates the current guidance from 2007 and significantly increases the protection of the 10 established protected 'Viewing Corridors' between the Palace of Westminster and St Paul's Cathedral.

The viewing corridor from King Henry VIII's Mound in Richmond has been widened from 70 metres to 150 metres at the Cathedral, and some viewing corridor widths have been doubled.

Developers and planners must carefully consider the height of new buildings that are built within these corridors.

As well as introducing two new viewing corridors (from Parliament Hill to the Palace of Westminster and from the Serpentine Bridge to the Palace of Westminster) the new guidance provides more protection of central London's World Heritage Sites - the Palace of Westminster, the Tower of London and Greenwich - and the view from St James' Park to Horse Guards Parade.

Boris Johnson said: "We are privileged to enjoy a fabulous architectural heritage history as we go about our daily lives whether crossing one of the Thames bridges, walking along its banks, or from a higher, distant vantage point. We must protect those views at all costs."

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