Location: Thames Riverside, London
Jack Warshaw acted as Hounslow Council's witness in this major appeal. Conservation and design were the main issues. In a landmark decision, the Deputy Prime Minister agreed with the Inspector's recommendation to dismiss.
Jack showed how the proposed bulk, height and design would harm the setting of the Grade II bridge, the character of the Kew Bridge Conservation Area, the setting of the Strand on the Green Conservation Area, the setting of the Grade I Brentford Steam Museum, with its landmark Campanile, the setting of the Kew Green Conservation area on the opposite bank of the Thames, the special character of this part of the Thames, and, to a some extent, the character of the Kew Gardens World Heritage Site.
The decision was all the more notable because the scheme was recommended for approval but refused by the Council, despite support from the Greater London Authority and acceptance by English Heritage. The Inspector found that the overall concept was "...a thinly veiled attempt to respond to criticisms of the monolithic nature of the block…with rather arbitrary detailing and materials."