Last edited 25 Jan 2019

London View Management Framework


The London View Management Framework (LVMF) is a piece of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) published by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in support of policies 7.11 and 7.12 of the Mayor of London’s ‘London Plan’. The London Plan is a spatial development strategy setting out an economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London to 2031.

The London View Management Framework is intended to help preserve London's character and built heritage by setting out policy for managing the impact of developments on key panoramas, river prospects and townscape views. Guidance is targeted at boroughs, consultees and applicants for planning permission. It was published in March 2012 following a period of consultation.

Developments should seek to make a positive contribution to designated views, giving consideration to their impact on the foreground, middle ground and background of views.

The process of making a planning application for a development that might affect a designated view includes:

If an application does not conform with the principles and guidance set out in the LVMF, it should be refused.

The designated views are:

London panoramas:

  • Alexandra Palace.
  • Parliament Hill.
  • Kenwood.
  • Primrose Hill.
  • Greenwich Park.
  • Blackheath Point.

Linear views:

  • The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
  • Westminster Pier to St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • King Henry VIII’s Mound, Richmond to St Paul’s Cathedral.

River prospects:

  • Tower Bridge.
  • London Bridge.
  • Southwark Bridge.
  • Millennium Bridge and Thames Side at Tate Modern.
  • Blackfriars Bridge.
  • Waterloo Bridge.
  • The South Bank.
  • Golden Jubilee/Hungerford Footbridges.
  • Westminster Bridge.
  • Lambeth Bridge.
  • Victoria Embankment between Waterloo and Westminster Bridges.
  • Jubilee Gardens and Thames Side in front of County Hall.
  • Albert Embankment between Westminster and Lambeth Bridges
  • Along Thames path near St Thomas’ Hospital

Townscape views:

In addition, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has issued directions in relation to 13 Protected Vistas.

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