Advice leads to views fear

The finalised planning guidance designed to protect cherished London views will lead to tall buildings crowding St Paul's Cathedral, a conference heard last week.

Alan Baxter & Associates conservation consultant Lucy Markham said the London view management framework, which narrows protected viewing corridors, has weakened the guidance.

The approval of Legal & General's Walbrook Square building, which takes advantage of the narrower corridor, is likely to be "the start of a trend", she added.

University of the West of England planning and architecture lecturer Michael Short called for detailed studies of the character of London to establish needs.

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