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A view of St mary-le-Bow (detail showing spire)

The City of London is the ancient core from which the rest of London developed and is governed by the oldest local authority in the country, with origins pre-dating Parliament. It has been a centre for settlement, trade, commerce and ceremony since the Roman period, producing a unique historic environment of exceptional richness and significance.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award for Planning Excellence - Shortlist 2017

The City Corporation's City of London Churchyards: Statements of Significance project has been shortlisted for an RTPI Award for Planning Excellence, in the category 'Excellence in Planning for Heritage'. The prize will be awarded on 15 June 2017. Please see item (3) below for more details on the project.    

 

The City Corporation has recently consulted on a draft Historic Environment Strategy:

  1. The Introduction to the Historic Environment Strategy (70KB) which sets out the significance and value of the City's historic environment and the policy framework, is for all stakeholders with an interest in, or carrying out work that will affect the historic environment.
  2. Updated and revised guidance on archaeology in the development process. The proposed Archaeology and Development Guidance SPD (380KB) is a revision to the existing Planning Advice Note, and provides guidance for all those planning development which may affect archaeology. It follows professional good practice and sector wide guidance. Because it is proposed as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), an Equality Impact Assessment (230KB) and SEA Screening Statement (40KB) have been produced.
  3. The City churchyards are heritage assets and a unique assemblage of burial grounds in an urban context. They have been assessed as a group and individual statements of significance written to bring together existing information and create a tool for future management and interpretation. The documents have been shortlisted for an RTPI award 2017.  

This suite of documents collates existing City Corporation policy and guidance on the management of the historic environment and introduces material on new themes such as Interpretation and City churchyards. Each can be read independently. Some have, or will have, the status of Supplementary Planning Documents, while others are designed more as evidence bases to inform new proposals and projects.The updated and new documents are being produced in phases.

City Historic Environment Overview

Our unique history has resulted in a high number of designated heritage assets (formally identified and protected elements of the historic environment). We have over 600 listed buildings, 26 conservation areas, 48 scheduled ancient monuments and four historic parks and gardens. The City also forms part of the Tower of London World Heritage Site's local setting.

Typical examples of these include listed Wren churches (such as St Mary-le-Bow, see image above) and the Guildhall, historic areas such as Fleet Street or Bank junction, scheduled archaeological remains such as the Roman and medieval wall and registered gardens such as the Inner and Middle Temples. Comprising these elements and more, the City's history is easily seen in its townscape, and this contributes significantly to our commercial and cultural vibrancy.

Through our local plan policies and the planning process, we strive to safeguard and enhance our historic environment whilst promoting the highest standards of contextual, innovative design. Our approach is described in greater detail in the City of London Local Plan.

Published:
22 March 2012
Last Modified:
20 February 2017

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