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Planning inquiry begins into Studio Egret West’s Chiswick Curve


All sorts of nonsense has been talked by both sides in the debate surrounding this proposal. As far as I can see, and I will be able to see this building quite well from our flat in Brentford, it comes down to two issues. 1. Should there be a 32 storey tower on this site? And 2. Is this the right design for Kew, Strand on the Green, Gunnersbury and Brentford to like and get behind? Answer to 1. The City has towers, Canary Wharf has towers, every major city has towers. Why not Chiswick Roundabout? It would stand on it’s own, not as a cluster, and as a rebuke to Barbara Weiss and the Nimbies. 2. Despite attending Christopher Egret’s heartfelt presentation of his scheme to the Brentford Community Council, I think it is the wrong design for this site. What is needed is something similar to the Bosco Verticale in Milan, a tower covered with planting balconies. This would provide the flats with a small outside space, which would also cut down heat gain. Kew Gardens could suggest suitable plants for these purposes, and create a sign for Kew and it’s important role in preserving and researching the biological environment. Pollution from nearby traffic will not be an issue, as within 5 years clean diesel, electric and the ULEZ will have transformed the environment, as did the Clean Air Acts in the 1950s. It’s impossible to predict which way this appeal will go. I hope Starbones and Galliard get their tower, but not this one! I will be attending the appeal at St Paul’s Church in Brentford this afternoon, and subsequent days! See you there Robert?

Posted date

12 June, 2018

Posted time

12:22 pm