Adoption of revised local area requirements

We adopted revised local area requirements in July 2018 and are currently in the process of updating this guidance page.

Please check the list of Local Area Requirements July 2018 for the most up to date information before submitting your application.

Where your proposed development may impact the view of a major landmark building, a London view management framework assessment will need to accompany your planning application.

The information below provides further details about when a London view management framework assessment is required, what information this document should include, how to submit it to us and where further information can be found.

When is a London view management framework assessment required?

A London view management framework assessment should accompany applications where the proposed site lies within the strategic view corridor and the development would have an impact on the view of a major landmark building.

For example, if the height of the proposed development would exceed the development plane between the viewpoint and either the base of the lower drum of St Paul’s Cathedral or the general roofline of the Palace of Westminster, the impact on the view would need to be assessed.

What information should be included in a London view management framework assessment?

A London view management framework assessment should include the following information:

  • scale drawings and plans with elevations annotated to show the height of the proposed development (above sea level) and the height of the development plane
  • photographs of the existing view and photo-montages of the proposed development
    • Verified Visual Montages (VVM) will be required to confirm accuracy

How do I submit a London view management framework assessment?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload your London view management framework assessment after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications.

Guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your London view management framework assessment along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?

For further information on preparing and submitting a London view management framework assessment, please see the following link below: