Tower of London

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What do you believe is achieved for London when, according to recent media reports, one of its historic buildings, the Tower of London, could become the first site in the developed world to be put on Unesco's World Heritage in Danger list?


Answer for Tower of London

Answer for Tower of London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

UNESCO sent a mission to London last year and as part of this visit the mission looked at a range of issues relating to the WHS. Development has always taken place around the Tower and over the centuries it has been seen against a series of changing landscapes that reflect the dynamic nature of London.I met with Government ministers from DCLG and DCMS to discuss the approach to the mission and we agreed that the planning system at all levels national, regional and local, has mechanisms in place to protect the WHS from development that would affect it adversely. I have proposed amendments in the draft Further Alterations to the London Plan to strengthen the policies on World Heritage Sites. When taken together with the Supplementary Planning Guidance on the London Views Management Framework I believe that there are appropriate planning mechanisms to protect the Tower's historic significance and safeguard the setting.I hope that when UNESCO meet in the summer they will acknowledge what is in place and not put the Tower on their in danger list.