The IHBC has submitted a response to the Historic England (HE) consultation on Tall Buildings
The IHBC summarises the response as follows:
The draft Advice Note which will replace the 2015 HEAN on Tall Buildings takes into account changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, and other documents such as the National Design Guide.
The IHBC agrees that tall buildings may have, individually or cumulatively, greater potential negative impact on the historic environment and on the qualities which people value about a place, if their location, design and context are not appropriately considered. IHBC also agrees that it is important to emphasise the fact that certain locations have qualities that are so distinctive or sensitive that new tall buildings will cause harm regardless of the perceived quality of the proposed design. However IHBC felt this advice should be stronger and more convincing. Formulation of advice for practitioners concerning tall buildings and the historic environment is very challenging as there is no shining precedent to be found from the past. In order for Historic England to fashion an approach to managing change, in the public interest for the greater good, weighed against the financial might of speculative developers this Advice needs to say and do much more. A number of specific comments were offered on the text of the document and examples of tall building cases provided.
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