London View Management Framework
112 Mayor of London
1 Blackheath Point is a local public garden within a mid-Victorian
residential part of the heath, next to the open spaces of Blackheath
and Greenwich Park. The high ground of Blackheath was once a place
of strategic importance, where armies and mobs gathered before
advancing on London. The garden provides a broad panorama from
the edge of the escarpment.
2 There is one Viewing Place with one Assessment Point in this designated
view. The significant view from this Assessment Point contains a
Protected Vista, which is managed by Geometric Definition and is subject
to a direction issued by the Secretary of State that is reproduced in
Viewing Place and Assessment Point for Designated View 6:
6 London Panorama: Blackheath Point
Viewing Place 6A Blackheath: the Point
3 The Viewing Place is at the northern end of the garden, a levelled,
grassed area bounded by iron railings and trees. In the view, St Paul’s
Cathedral is at a raised level, approximately 8 metres higher than the
viewpoint. There is one Assessment Point from this Viewing Place.
4 The primary features of this London Panorama include the detachment
of the foreground from the Viewing Place owing to the steep drop in
levels from the edge of Blackheath Point escarpment to the flat plane
of rooftops below. The foreground and middle ground are visually merged
and are largely made up of late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-
century houses and terraces, generally consistent in their materials, colour
and rich treescape. Their gabled roofs and chimneys also provide interest.
Contrasting buildings in the middle ground, such as the Laban Centre add
interest to the view by virtue of high-quality design, non-rectilinear shape
and subtle use of colour.
5 On the skyline many tall buildings stand in isolation. Tower Bridge is
visible between St Paul’s Cathedral and the City cluster of tall buildings,
including 30 St Mary Axe. The do