Why we must keep acting to stop The London Plan from harming London

2. There will be no protection for listed buildings, parks and gardens and their settings

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Developers have plans for massive development with 22 storey tower near this ancient monument

Grade I listed All Saints Church in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

I received an opinion from Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers that there were grounds to challenge the London Plan on the basis that its policies for London's heritage diverge materially from relevant national policy. However, sadly Marc was unavailable to represent me in taking a case forward to judicial review

Some of the key issues that I might have challenged were:

Buildings, gardens and parks that have nominal protection by being listed Grade II, Grade II*, or Grade I and that are an integral part of the history of our neighbourhoods will no longer be protected from development, including from the effect of tall buildings

 

Listed buildings are not even mentioned specifically in the new London Plan

There will no longer be any requirement for:

•development that causes substantial harm to a listed building park, garden or building to be exceptional

•Any harm or loss to the irreplaceable features of our neighbourhoods to require clear and convincing justification

The most special places in our neighbourhoods will only be considered for their value in terms of “regenerative change

There are 18,173 buildings, bridges and gardens that are listed in London which embody the history of our neighbourhoods

 

These buildings and other areas will all be at risk if we do not continue to challenge the premises of The London Plan

Grade I listed

589

Grade II* listed

1387

Grade II listed

16,197