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london skyline

2 petitions

Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Sarah Whitnall

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: STOP THE PADDINGTON SUPER TOWER!

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! Stop the Paddington super-tower! A 72-storey skyscraper - nick-named the Paddington ‘Pole’ – is proposed immediately adjacent to Brunel’s Grade 1 listed Paddington Station.  This tower will shatter London’s historic skyline, blight protected views and alter forever local character.  At 254m (830ft) tall it is not far short of the Shard - Western Europe’s tallest building, built by the same developer -and is on track to become London’s fourth tallest building. Sited right at the heart of an area that is mainly 5-6 storeys in height, the Pole will be hugely visible for miles across London, and spectacularly intrusive in relation to many of the city's most cherished Conservation Areas, including neighbourhoods nearby, such as Bayswater, Little Venice, Maida Vale, and as far afield as St John’s Wood, Primrose Hill, Knightsbridge and Kensington. In exchange for short-term cash for infrastructure improvements, Westminster Council is prepared to dismiss its own planning policies, disregarding the fact that the damage to the capital as a whole will be permanent.  If consented, the Pole is certain to usher in a cluster of towers in the Paddington area and create a precedent for an unsustainable number of other skyscrapers in North West and Central London. This proposal does not comply with Historic England’s advice, nor with the interests and will of local residents and businesses, or of those of many concerned Londoners and visitors who are waking up to the recent proliferation of poorly conceived towers in the capital. The planning application for this tower is being rushed through the system. The official online PUBLIC CONSULTATION period, deliberately held over the holidays, will expire at the end of January  2016, though comments can still be made after this date.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT - AND WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED - IF YOU COULD "OBJECT" TO THE PROPOSAL ON THE WCC PLANNING PORTAL , POSTING YOUR COMMENTS AT: http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=NYQJD0RP27T00 WE CALL ON WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL TO COMPLY WITH ITS OWN LONG-STANDING AND ADMIRABLE CONSERVATION POLICIES, AND WITH HISTORIC ENGLAND'S GUIDANCE, DECISIVELY REFUSING THIS APPLICATION. This petition is promoted by The Skyline Campaign: The Skyline Campaign was formed in early 2014 when it emerged that more than 230 new towers had either received planning consent in London or were in the pipeline. There are now 436.   The Skyline Campaign is not against tall buildings, but aims to raise awareness of the irreversible consequences for London of the current unbridled tower construction, much of which has happened without adequate public awareness or planning policy. The Skyline Campaign is lobbying for a major public debate regarding a new vision for the capital; it also demands well-considered and effective policy change, to bring much greater scrutiny and control to the construction of tall buildings across the city.    

Skyline Campaign
2,087 supporters
Decision maker responded 11 months ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan

DEAR NEW MAYOR: PLEASE ENFORCE A 6-MONTH FREEZE ON CONSENTS FOR NEW TALL BUILDINGS

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! Dear Mayor Khan:  The Skyline Campaign is delighted that a new era has started at City Hall, one that will, no doubt, prove in many ways to be more inclusive and cohesive than the previous one. 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.  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 Skyline Campaign is totally committed in assisting the Mayor's task-force with devising appropriate solutions for the severe housing crisis that London is facing. 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. The short-termist approach to London's built environment that distinguished Boris Johnson's regime must be replaced by a set of thoughtful, creative, informed, long-term strategies, supported by policies that have been analysed and agreed by experts, local communities and countless other stakeholders.   This takes time to be done well.   On behalf of many many Londoners, outraged by the huge number of poor quality skyscrapers littering the London skyline, we would like to ask you to consider granting a moratorium on planning consents for buildings 20 storeys or more  - for the next six months, in order to allow a city-wide debate to occur on this subject.  Too many world-wide cities have become totally "generic", buried in steel and glass, obliterating forever their distinct identity - never to be recovered. London is at a watershed:  with 436 towers in the pipeline, it might already be too late.  Please help us give the London we know the chance of pulling back from the abyss.   This petition is promoted by The Skyline Campaign: The Skyline Campaign was formed in early 2014 when it emerged that more than 230 new towers had either received planning consent in London or were in the pipeline.  There are now 436 towers in the pipeline. The Skyline Campaign is not against tall buildings, but aims to raise awareness of the irreversible consequences for London of the current unbridled tower construction, much of which has happened without adequate public awareness or planning policy. The Skyline Campaign is lobbying for a major public debate regarding a new vision for the capital; it also demands well-considered and effective policy change, to bring much greater scrutiny and control to the construction of tall buildings across the city.      

SKYLINE CAMPAIGN
1,417 supporters