Historic London sightlines

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


St Paul's Cathedral is an iconic image that is recognised around the world, yet the 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens tower in Stratford will mar a centuries-old view of St Paul's. Will the mayor halt construction of this tower, before the iconic view of St Paul's is lost forever?



Answer for Historic London sightlines

Answer for Historic London sightlines

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This important view was first given planning status in 1991, and although the Strategic View Management Framework that regulates it has changed several times since then, it appears no one ever anticipated that a building so far away from Richmond and more than 7km (or 4 miles) behind the dome of St Paul's might be visible in this way.

However, it appears the correct planning procedures were followed by the Olympic Delivery Authority when the building was approved in 2011 and I do not have any powers to require the building to be reduced in height or demolished.