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Sadiq Khan urged to halt skyscraper growth

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Campaigners have called for new London mayor Sadiq Khan to enforce a six-month ban on planning consents for tall buildings in the capital

The Skyline Campaign has launched a petition calling for Khan to issue a moratorium on approval of buildings 20 storeys or higher.

The body, led by architect Barbara Weiss, said more than 400 towers were in the pipeline for the capital.

’Too many worldwide cities have become totally generic, buried in steel and glass, obliterating forever their distinct identity - never to be recovered,’ said the petition, which has more than 300 signatures.

The Skyline Campaign said it was ’delighted’ to see a new mayor in charge of London.

’The next few months will be an opportunity to develop a real vision for London, shaping its future and deciding its course from many different perspectives,’ added the petition.

’It is a time to think deeply about what London means to all of us, and how to allow it to expand and grow, while preserving and enhancing its unique character for future generations.’

The campaign also said it was committed to helping the mayor’s task force with appropriate solutions for the housing crisis.

’Towers for the wealthy are however not the solution. There is instead an amazing opportunity to create a more beautiful, more functional, more equal city. It must not be squandered.’

A spokesperson for the mayor of London said: ’The mayor believes it is absolutely vital we do more to protect the character of London’s communities while delivering the new and genuinely affordable homes this city needs.

’The mayor has been clear about the need to protect the Green Belt and prioritise development on brownfield land, while developing appropriate design principles in town centres across the capital. He has also said he will amend the London Plan to include stronger polices to ensure new tall buildings respect the character of existing neighbourhoods.’

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  • My only comment would be: what is "a six-month ban on planning consents for tall buildings in the capital"?
    More specifically, what is a "tall" building? Is it left open for interpretation?

    Well done!

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