Location: River Thames
This appeal, against refusal by Hounslow Council of proposed upward extensions to an Art Deco block of flats on the Thames at Chiswick, was dismissed following Jack Warshaw's evidence.
The Inspector noted that the building contributes to the special interest of the area, that the River Thames is nationally important for Londoners and visitors, that the site can be seen from a National Trail, and that, as it stands, it is a forceful and imposing set piece. The proposed extensions would, he found, overburden the architectural integrity of the refined and complete original design. It would harm this significant building in the conservation area and disfigure the view from the river. He also observed that, as the site is already efficiently developed to a comparatively high density, the argument advanced in favour of increasing housing provision to meet demand should not be at all costs.
See an extract from the Proof of Evidence