Garden Bridge Trust says its views of St Paul's Cathedral will be better than existing protected
…but St Paul’s Cathedral disagrees and it has every right to be upset. The Garden Bridge Trust, English Heritage, Westminster and Lambeth Councils have flouted London View Management Framework regulations: the very principles in place to protect it from bad planning.
Not one of the photomontages produced by the Garden Bridge Trust showed images of views from the Garden Bridge itself, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that they wouldn’t be a patch on the magnificent riverscapes that can currently be enjoyed from Waterloo Bridge, given the visual obstacles that would be created by the Garden Bridge, not to mention its millions of visitors.
It would be impossible to marvel at the wide open space looking west towards the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament and then turn around to gaze at the City of London and St Paul’s Cathedral, as your views would be blocked by legions of people who are predicted to share the not-so-idyllic experience with you, or by random trees planted strategically to separate east from west.
This is far from bridging a divide and perhaps the Garden Bridge Trust knows this as their claims of ‘technical difficulties’ in producing such images is laughable given the many glossy pictures produced and videos showing a fictitious, empty shrub-lined pathway across the river.