Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Memoranda


APPENDIX B

THE MAYOR'S INTERIM GUIDANCE ON TALL BUILDINGS, STRATEGIC VIEWS AND THE SKYLINE IN LONDON

  The additional criteria which the Mayor may wish to add to the LPAC criteria are as follows:

    —  contribution to a cluster

    —  marking or drawing attention to locations of civic or visual importance such as town centres and major public transport interchanges

    —  contributing to an interesting skyline when grouped together

    —  giving focus, momentum and publicity to areas undergoing regeneration

    —  performing objectives of long distance views

    —  providing long distance orientation points, whether singularly or in groups

    —  creating new architectural icons for the new century

    —  generating confidence in London's future both economically and aesthetically

  The Guidance also goes on to note that the buildings should be:

    —  of the highest architectural quality commensurate with their purpose and location.

    —  the ground level should be largely accessible to the public

    —  elevations should be varied and interesting

    —  the tops of tall buildings should be well articulated

    —  materials should be appropriate to their settings

    —  the surrounding public realm should be capable of handling pedestrian movement

    —  wind impact should be within acceptable limits

  The Mayor also offers advice on the important local views, panoramas and prospects originally raised in the LPAC advice. The Mayor believes that there are medium distance views of important buildings such as St Paul's Cathedral that merit protection. He believes that Boroughs should continue to identify important local views, panoramas and prospects, and should when doing so, clearly show the viewing point, object, extent and role of the view.


 
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