I have been sent details of the following important event opposing a proposed 32 story twin tower building at Chiswick Roundabout – the Chiswick Curve:
Public Meeting on Wednesday, 27th April, 7.30 pm
St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park,
Chiswick, W4 1TT (close to Turnham Green Tube Station)
Come to this meeting for an update and to hear from key speakers on important topics relating to this proposed development.
The meeting is being organised by a consortium of residents groups including the Brentford Community Council, the Kew Society and the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society. We are delighted that Andrea Lee a Healthy Air Campaigner with ClientEarth http://www.healthyair.org.uk/ will speak on Air Quality and that Barbara Weiss, the architect and co-founder of the Skyline Campaign http://www.skylinecampaign.org/ will speak on Tall Buildings. The meeting will be chaired by Rowan Moore, architecture critic of the Observer http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/apr/10/boris-johnson-london-legacy-folly-vanity-rowan-moore.
Those behind the Chiswick Curve think that this small, constrained site at the Chiswick Roundabout – surrounded by major roads in a highly polluted locality – is the right place for 330 residential units in a 32-storey tower. Anyone who is ahead of the curve knows that poor air quality and the harm caused by inappropriate tall buildings are of great concern to many Londoners. They are both issues that we want the new Mayor to tackle.
Brentford Community Council,
The Kew Society,
The West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society
Although outside the borough it would clearly have a big impact on us, I am pleased to say that Hammersmith and Fulham Council have opposed the plans:
Dear Councillor Phibbs,
I write in reply to your email of yesterday, concerning a major planning proposal for development of up to 32 storeys for 320 residential units, offices and retail/restaurant uses on land at Chiswick Roundabout, Great West Road, W4 (our ref: 2016/00099/OBS).
Officers were consulted on the application by the London Borough of Hounslow. We wrote to raise objection to the scheme on 09.02.2016. Our view was that the
applicant had failed to demonstrate that the proposed development would preserve or enhance the settings of The Mall Conservation Area, the listed Hammersmith Bridge or the listed properties at 1a to 6, 7, and 8 to 16 Hammersmith Terrace. In the absence of required information we considered that the development would not meet the statutory duties set out in Section 66(1) and Section 72 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990; and that it would not comply with the requirements of the NPPF.
A decision has not yet been made on the application by LB Hounslow.
Team Leader Planning Applications
I went to the meeting last night and the most interesting thing to come to light was that the application has been put in limbo for the time being! So it will return with some changes in the future. Watch out!