London’s protected views

This diagram in the Economist captures 10 of the 13 protected views in London:

London Protected Views Economist

 

The London Plan protects views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster, as seen from London’s larger parks. You must, for example, be able to see both buildings from a specific oak tree on Hampstead Heath. Erecting tall buildings behind them is discouraged, too. These protected views help to explain why tall buildings are rising in such a dispersed pattern. The Shard will not get neighbours anytime soon, as it is wedged between two viewing corridors. In the City, towers are scattered instead of crowding around transport hubs, as economic theory might predict. Their odd designs—described by nicknames such as the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater—are in some cases a means of avoiding imposing on St Paul’s. Only at Canary Wharf, which is too far east to spoil many views, do cuboid skyscrapers rub together in the way they do in other big cities.

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2 Responses to London’s protected views

  1. jock123 says:

    Could whoever thought that sticking the Shard directly behind St Paul’s as seen from the viewing point on top of Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath was a good idea, please read this article… *No* attention was paid to the London Plan if this was thought to be a good idea, and a beautiful view was lost forever…

  2. Pingback: Nobody will prevent you from these: The Protected Views | LONDON SPOTTER

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