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There's a campaign to stop a Stratford skyscraper 'destroying' a view of St Paul’s Cathedral

Matilda Egere-Cooper

We imagine our esteemed mayor has plenty on his plate nowadays, but here's one more issue for good measure. A charity is calling on Sadiq Khan to stop the construction of a skyscraper in Stratford, which they reckon is killing a heritage view of St Paul's Cathedral.

The Friends of Richmond Park charity has written a letter urging him to do something about the building of Manhattan Loft Gardens, a skyscraper they say is violating planning rules that have protected the view for over 300 years. 

The view from King Henry's Mound in Richmond Park to St Paul's is one of the ten protected views in London. The rules state that any development in the background of the famous landmark should be 'subordinate to the cathedral and that the clear sky background profile of the upper part of the dome remains', but the charity have released photos that show otherwise. Oops. 

But a spokeswoman from the Manhattan Loft Corporation says the development went through the necessary planning permissions, and is in fact, well away from the protected area. The dispute seems all a bit 'he said, she said' at the moment, but in the meantime, the charity has taken their concerns up a notch. It's launched a petition that's nearly at 6,000 signatures, so it looks like it might be over to you soon, Sadiq.

Find out more about the issue on the charity's petition page

In other dispute news, there's a petition to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day


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