Prince Charles want to Restrict Tall buildings in the City of London over Tower of London World heritage Site Threats


PRINCE Charles is fighting tooth and nail to save the Tower of London from losing its World Heritage status, which is being threatened by the height of buildings in the east of the City that are ruining the Tower’s view.

The Prince of Wales’ concerns were disclosed in new documents on Sunday.

In March, Prince Charles met with Rupert Gavin, the chairman of Historic Royal Palaces which is the charity that looks after the Tower, and its chief executive John Barnes to discuss the future status of the historic site.

According to the Mail, a briefing paper from the meeting says protection of important views of the Tower from the Queen’s Walk on the South Bank, Tower Bridge and London Bridge are “generally effective”.

However, the document claimed: “The wider setting does not have such sufficient protection and has been threatened in recent years by increasingly tall new buildings, particularly in the City.

Prince Charles is fighting to save the Tower of London from losing its World Heritage status
“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has expressed concern about this, and about any build-up of further tall buildings in the vicinity of the Shard which could put the Tower’s World Heritage status at risk.”

The Prince is understood to be personally involved in trying to protect the Tower.

Last year, Historic Royal Palaces, said it was “extremely concerned” about the skyscrapers surrounding the medieval fortress after city planners allowed the construction for a skyscraper at 1 Leadenhall.

The charity was also strongly opposed to the 541ft “Walkie Talkie” building in Fenchurch Street but City, which was also given a go-ahead by planners.

The Prince has previously expressed concern and showed involvement about other construction work in London.

In 1984 he described the extension proposal for the National Gallery as “a monstrous carbuncle”.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is set to meet in Bahrain later this month and an update on the Tower’s status is believed to emerge.

According to the UNESCO website, the Tower of London is “an internationally famous monument and one of England’s most iconic structures”.

William the Conqueror built the White Tower in 1066 as a demonstration of Norman power, siting it strategically on the River Thames to act as both fortress and gateway to the capital.

The Tower of London is the most complete example of an 11th century fortress palace in Europe

The Prince is understood to be personally involved in trying to protect the Tower

It is the most complete example of an 11th century fortress palace remaining in Europe.

It has been the setting for key historical events in European history, including the execution of three English queens: Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII; Catherine Howard, Henry’s fifth wife and Lady Jane Grey.

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