Tall buildings

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is your stance now on tall buildings?


Answer for Tall buildings

Answer for Tall buildings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tall buildings will continue to have a place in London, in locations such as Canary Wharf and parts of the City of London. However, they should only be allowed where they will not harm local character, the setting of historic buildings and World Heritage Sites, key views or the amenity of surrounding areas. They should also make a significant contribution to local regeneration and the achievement of broader spatial planning goals. Boroughs that wish to support tall buildings in their area should be encouraged to complete an urban design analysis to ensure these objectives are met.

The draft replacement London Plan sets out the above approach as a policy to be followed by boroughs and developers.