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London ‘should follow New York’ in banning glass towers


Sadiq Khan and Jules Pipe need to start showing some strategic leadership on tall buildings in London. The number of new tall buildings joining the 541 already in the planning pipeline (according to NLA's 2019 Tall Buildings Survey) seems to be growing unabated from the Johnson/Lister years. Do they care about what this is doing to London, but more particularly to local communities. Sadiq Khan's manifesto "A City for all Londoners" suggested that local communities needed to be comfortable with the scale and nature of change. London Forum mirrored this back to Jules Pipe and James Murray by asking "What kind of London do Londoners want?", suggesting that looking back in 10 years' time whether they could be proud of their legacy. Looking at performance since 2016, the Mayor has failed to influence the future form of London in a way that many Londoners would want. There is a parallel with climate change. Every day we are faced with big decisions - we can choose the right direction or carry on in the wrong direction. The pipeline of tall buildings is like the build-up global climate change - our future is being compromised by the lack of strategic change of direction by the Mayor.

Posted date

26 April, 2019

Posted time

2:04 pm