Views of St Paul's Cathedral, the Monument, the Tower of London and other landmarks on the City skyline are protected by planning controls.
St Paul's Heights
The locally protected views of the Cathedral are known as the 'St Paul's Heights'. These take the form of a grid of maximum building heights, which is available in the St Paul's Heights Interactive Map.
To assist in using the interactive maps effectively, an example is set out in the City of London, St Paul's Height's Guide (2.80MB). To view the heights relevant for an individual grid square(s), ensure the map is zoomed in to a detailed scale, and the relevant layers switched on.
Access to the spatial data is available through the data.gov.uk tool. The relevant layers are:
St Paul's Heights Policy Area
St Paul's Heights Grid
St Paul's Heights Setbacks
The St Paul’s Heights Study 2013 is a technical document which looks at the context of the history of the Heights, an analysis of the form of the Heights, evaluation of infringing buildings, evaluation of existing views, and a summary of issues that arise. This is available on the page Tall Buildings and St Paul's Heights Study.
London View Management Framework
The Mayor of London's London View Management Frameworkprotects important views across London. These include various views of the City skyline including St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London and river prospects.