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20/10/2014

Consultation launched on tall building advice

Words: Laura Edgar

A consultation has been launched by English Heritage and Design Council on their joint advice for tall buildings.

The document to be consulted on is a revision of Guidance On Tall Buildings 2007, which was produced by English Heritage and Cabe.

The number of applications for tall buildings has increased and English Heritage and Design Council have noted this within the new draft guidance.

Although the increase in tall building applications is most notable in London, English Heritage says a number of other urban areas have also seen an increase.

Tall Buildings also considers the change in Government Planning Policy by the National Planning Policy Framework and the document is structured to ensure that it is useful to each of the main audiences, in line with the NPPF and Taylor Review of Planning Guidance.

The key principles from the 2007 guide remain unchanged, including that in the correct place, well-designed tall buildings make a positive contribution to city life. It advises on the heritage and design issues related to tall buildings.

However, as result of their size and therefore their visibility, they can harm the quality that people value in a place.

Clare Devine, director of architecture and built environment at the Design Council, said: “Since we published our Tall Buildings Guidance with English Heritage in 2007 we have seen an increase in the number of tall buildings coming to Cabe Design Review, In addition, the introduction of the new national planning policy means of appropriate scale, in the right place and at the right time.”

Nigel Barker, English Heritage, added: “The aim is to ensure that proposals coming forward are backed by good quality information which in turn will allow better-informed and speedier decisions.”

The consultation is open now until 30 November 2014. Once all the responses have been collected, they will be studied to inform the final copy. It is hoped that the advice will be published in early 2015.

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