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Decision : 31 COM 7B.90
Tower of London (United Kingdom)

The World Heritage Committee,


1.        Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

 2.        Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.74, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

 3.        Expresses its appreciation for the actions taken by the State Party in response to the Committee’s earlier requests; and takes note that a London View Management Framework will come into effect on 13 July 2007, while recognizing that the visual impact study requested by the Committee has not yet been finalized;

 4.        Encourages the State Party to adopt the policies set out in the Heritage Protection White Paper and urges the State Party to vigorously apply the concept of clustering of tall buildings so that they do not impact adversely on the Outstanding Universal Value of London World Heritage sites and by updating the site boundaries and buffer zones;

5.        Requests the State Party to prepare and present to the World Heritage Committee a dynamic visual impact study for the World Heritage property in order to facilitate thorough and rapid assessment of future planning applications;

6.        Acknowledges that the State Party has finalized the Management Plan for the Tower of London World Heritage property;

7.        Requests, given the recent finalization of the Management Plan and of the London View Management Framework, that the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS review these documents to asses their effectiveness in ensuring the proper protection of the site’s settings and vistas and report to the Committee at its 32nd session;

8.        Takes note that the State Party has demonstrated its commitment to comply with the requests of the Committee (Decision 30 COM 7B.74) to protect the World Heritage property, its setting and its vistas;

9.        Also requests the State Party to submit a progress report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 32nd session in 2008. 

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Properties: Tower of London
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.90