Last edited 07 Dec 2020

London View Management Framework SPG

The London Plan is a statutory strategy required by the Greater London Authority Act 1999. It is prepared by the Mayor of London and provides a spatial development strategy setting out an economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London.

The Mayor also publishes Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for London which provides additional details on policies set out in the London Plan. A range of Best Practice Guidance (BPG’s) are also published.

Supplementary Planning Guidance is provided where the level of guidance required is to detailed for inclusion in the development plan, or if a rapid policy response to is needed to an emerging issue. It provides support for statutory development plans, but carries less weight than them when planning matters are considered and cannot create new policies.

The London View Management Framework (LVMF) is a piece of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) published in support of policies 7.11 and 7.12 of the ‘London Plan’.

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.

The London View Management Framework is available to download in three parts:

  • LVMF SPG March 2012 pt1.
  • LVMF SPG March 2012 pt2.
  • LVMF SPG March 2012 pt3.

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:

Linear Views:

River Prospects:

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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