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With the new mayor comes new opportunity!

May 2016 saw London swear in a new mayor. This petition addresses Sadiq Khan in the hope that he will grant a moratorium on all tall buildings for 6 months, while Londoners agree on new policies for towers. 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. Please sign our petition here.

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Bishopsgate Goodsyard

After many months of local and city-wide campaigning, Hackney and Tower Hamlets have refused planning permission for this massive development in the heart of Shoreditch and the GLA's own inspector has recommended refusal. Boris has departed, leaving this as unfinished business. What can we expect from Sadiq and Jules Pipe? We have "high" hopes!! The tallest of the 5 high-rise luxury skyscrapers will be a greedy 46 storeys (177 metres) – taller than the Walkie Talkie. With only 10% affordable housing and hovering above a multitude of historic Conservation Areas, this development would destroy the character of this hugely popular, thriving part of London.

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285-329 Edgware Road!

Now consented by Westminster City Council, against all its own policies, this monstrously tall and bulky, 38-storey (166-metre) tower will sadly forever blight views from many surrounding Conservation Areas, including Maida Vale, Little Venice, Bayswater, St John’s Wood, Knightsbridge – and all the Royal Parks. It will also cause irreparable harm to an adjacent listed church in Paddington Green. With only 23% of affordable housing, we pray that this will not set a precedent, ushering into the Paddington area and West London as a whole a cluster of new towers.

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We are objecting to the appeal for 19 storey Newcombe House, the most recent eyesore in the heart of Notting Hill 

The proposed replacement for a 1960s eyesore in the heart of Notting Hill Gate, Newcombe House, seeking to be a whopping 8 floors (30 metres) taller than the existing slab block, blighting the skyline to an even greater degree than its predecessor and overpowering vistas of Kensington and Notting Hill Gate. The architecture of the new building is clumsy and lacking in quality. With its main massing shifted to the most prominent corner of the site, the vertical dimension is accentuated. Please sign our petition and object to the proposal on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea planning portal.  We must urgently stop a dangerous precedent being set, opening the floodgates of tower building in West London.

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Stop the Curve, West London's tallest building at Chiswick Roundabout

This 120-metre high, 32-storey mixed-use building is totally out of scale with local residential areas and will blight classical and protected views from Kew Gardens, the River Thames and Gunnersbury Park, altering forever the character of the local conservation areas and World Heritage Site. If consented, this building will set a real and dangerous precedent for many more towers to be built along the Great West Corridor. Our petition has already accrued more than 1100 signatures! Please join us, signing the petition to stop this development, and write an objection to Hounslow Council on its planning portal by emailing planningcomments@hounslow.gov.uk quoting reference P/2015/5555 and by posting your comments on the Hounslow planning portal at http://planning.hounslow.gov.uk/Planning_Index.aspx typing in reference P/2015/5555.

 

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Sign the petition and object to this intrusive and insensitive new skyscraper in Whitechapel, greatly harming Trinity Green Almshouses

A 28-storey generic block is planned by Sainsbury’s on a site surrounded by a multitude of East End conservation areas, only 100 metres from London’s oldest almshouses – the latter a Grade-1 listed building designed by Sir Christopher Wren 320 years ago. The developer hopes to double its premises on the site and obtain 559 luxury flats, with only 16% affordable. Historic England have condemned this proposal as causing “major harm” to an historic landmark and its setting. We insist that the supermarket giant be asked to consider alternative mid-rise options that will not destroy forever the quality of this unique setting. Please sign the petition and  join the Friends of Trinity Green to defeat plans to approve the site in March, and write a letter of objection.

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Object to a 25-storey tall building in Somers Town

Camden Councils development plan for Somers Town includes a 25-storey tower that will considerably overshadow this area’s low-lying architecture and blight views of nearby Grade-1 listed St Pancras Station and the British Library. The bland architecture is in sharp contrast with St Pancras Station. Moreover, the development offers nowhere near the Council’s target for affordable housing and will reduce sunlight and deprive local residents of green space and mature trees, reducing the air quality. If the current plans go through, they will yet again set a dangerous precedent for further tall buildings in the vicinity and open the floodgates for the northwards march of towers, breaking the natural boundary formed by the Euston Road.  Please join local residents and comment on the plans. We hope to start a petition shortly.