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The Norfolk and Suffolk views you would like to see protected

PUBLISHED: 16:14 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:14 08 December 2016

 
 All the familiar buildings of Norwich as viewed from Mousehold Heath.

All the familiar buildings of Norwich as viewed from Mousehold Heath.

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From the rise and fall of the Norwich skyline to the rolling Wensum Valley - there’s all manner of breath taking vistas around our region.

A view over the rooftop's of Sheringham from Beeston Bump. Weybourne and Salthouse can be seen in the distance.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYA view over the rooftop's of Sheringham from Beeston Bump. Weybourne and Salthouse can be seen in the distance. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

And though their significance is widely appreciated, there is no formal protection against new buildings as there is in cities including Edinburgh and Liverpool.

So after residents in London complained that a new skyscraper had ruined a protected view of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound, we asked you which local views you’d like to see safeguarded.

Answers ranged from panoramas from cliff tops and church vantage points to iconic city centre scenes.

The houses of Sheringham stretching out under Beeston Bump, Pakefield church, Norwich market place and the Wensum Valley from Swanton Morley church were all mentioned.

Another comment on our website also included the view north over the Broads from the hill beside Flegg High School and the view over Each Winch and Pentney from the chalk ridges at Middleton.

Norfolk County Council confirmed that while there are no protected views in Norfolk, a Greater Norwich Planning Team policy says developments should not disrupt long views of city landmarks - including the cathedrals, castle, St Peter Mancroft and City Hall.

A county council spokesperson said: “This is a nice initiative and an important one. Although we don’t have protected views, when a proposal has an impact on the setting of, for example, a protected ancient monument such as Norwich Castle or the Cathedral, then it would be taken into account.

“Views such as Mousehold Heath and the view over Norwich are really good examples.”

There are 27 protected views in London, including of Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The rules on St Paul’s in particular say that developments should not impinge on the “clear sky background profile of the upper part of the dome”.

• What views would you like to see protected? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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