Call to protect London Skyline

Landscape architect calls for better protection of London views as Mayor moves to relax planning laws

A landscape architect has called for better protection of London’s skyline after moves by mayor Ken Livingstone to relax existing laws. Planned revisions in the mayor’s draft London View Management Framework could reduce or remove the protection some views hold if developers build skyscrapers on London’s most famous sightlines. Landscape architect, former Landscape Institute president and Royal Parks adviser Hal Moggridge has written a pamphlet calling for the framework to be rewritten. He said: “The draft guidance, while giving the glossy appearance of looking after these views, in fact leads to their widespread diminution.” Planners fear the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Hampstead Heath could be narrowed, as would the view from Greenwich Park and Richmond Park. Royal Parks chief executive Mark Camley said: “We will work with all our local partners to convince the mayor that the strategic view should stay as it is. It’s aspects like this view of St Paul’s that make London such a special place.”

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