The London Planning Advisory Committee has suggested four areas of London where clusters of high buildings might be appropriate.
In its draft version of a report on ‘High Buildings and Strategic Views’ in the capital it suggests that the City, Canary Wharf, what it has purposely vaguely called ‘the central area fringe’, and strategic centres such as Croydon could cater for such developments. It suggests that tower blocks located without relationship to natural or man-made structures of London which ‘signify nothing in particular’, or those which damage the setting of a historic park or view, are inappropriate. A computer-based updatable map, likely to cost over £100,000, will be produced to accompany guidance on the matter.
In the report, prepared by BDP, LPAC also suggests that the height threshold for central London to consult with adjacent boroughs be lifted from 40m to 50m, and that people are not averse to more ‘mid-rise and fat buildings’. Five existing tall buildings have been cited by English Heritage as having a detrimental effect on local character.
These are: Faraday House, the DoE/DoT building at Marsham Street, Britannic House, the ICL Building and North London Polytechnic.
Robin Clement, the former deputy chief planner at LPAC, died last Friday evening from cancer, aged 55. At LPAC since its inception in 1986, he prepared much of the findings on high buildings to be presented on 2 April. It is hoped the advice will be subtitled the Robin Clement Memorial Advice.