Protecting historic signs and advertisements

MQT on 2016-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent asks what policies exist to protect London's historic signs and advertisements, many of which add character to their surrounding area and contribute positively to the appearance of their local environment.


Answer for Protecting historic signs and advertisements

Answer for Protecting historic signs and advertisements

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Local authorities are responsible for planning decisions at borough level. The Arts and Culture Forum, which brings together the GLA and all 33 boroughs, holds regular meetings to discuss pan-London cultural issues. The Mayor's Cultural Strategy policy 5.4 states that The Mayor will champion heritage in London - preserving the historic built environment through the London Plan, but also ensuring that the capital's heritage is understood, explored and celebrated by as many Londoners as possible. Protections for historic signs and advertisements may be offered through the London Plan Policy 7.8 on heritage assets and Policy 7.4 on Local Character where signs/advertisements are listed or need planning permission.