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Decision 33 COM 7B.128
Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret's Church (United Kingdom) (C 426)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.113, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Notes that work was at an advanced stage on the visual impact study as requested, that "Seeing the History in View: a method for Assessing Heritage Significance within Views" is expected to be published in 2009, and that the Westminster World Heritage property Dynamic Visual Impact Study Steering Group selected five views considered to best encapsulate the Outstanding Universal Value of the property for assessment using the draft methodology set out in "Seeing the History in the View", and acknowledges that any reference to a "Skyline Study" be omitted from future Decisions;

4. Requests the State Party to ensure that:

a) The original intentions of the suggested "Skyline Study" are incorporated in other related work being progressed as part of the London Views Management Framework,

b) The review of the supplementary planning guidance, and the London Views Management Framework, fully takes into account the relevant recommendations of the November 2006 joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS mission,

c) In considering the establishment of a buffer zone in the light of discussions following on from the emerging Dynamic Visual Impact Study, further analysis of the five selected views, and as part of the broader spatial planning process, the World Heritage Centre be informed of the outcome, and the agreed and protected buffer zone be submitted for approval by the World Heritage Committee as soon as possible,

d) The World Heritage Centre receive copies of relevant documents as they emerge, including "Seeing the History in the View: a method for Assessing Heritage Significance within Views" due in 2009, "Metropolitan Views" draft supplementary planning guidance to be revised in 2009, as well as the revised "London Plan" to be published for public consultation in autumn 2009;

5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2011, a progress report on the issues above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision