Campaign to stop changes to London's skyline

London's skyline Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A campaign has been launched to prevent further development of London's skyline. Some of Britain's most influential figures including sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, philosopher Alain de Botton and author Alan Bennett are backing the campaign to stop more than 200 planned skyscrapers from being built.

In a statement to the Observer, the 70 signatories have warned that many of the proposed buildings will be hugely prominent and grossly insensitive to the appearance of the skyline.

According to New London Architecture, 77% of the 236 proposed buildings will be in the centre or the east of London. The Observer reports, a spokesman for the London mayor Boris Johnson said he would consider the campaign's idea of a commission to examine London's future profile.