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Urgent action needed: object to the 32 storey Chiswick Roundabout tower

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We, the undersigned, urge Hounslow Council to refuse planning application P/2015/5555 for the so-called “Chiswick Curve”, a 32 storey mixed-use building at Chiswick Roundabout. This tower will blight protected views and alter forever the character of local conservation areas and the Kew Gardens World Heritage Site.

At 120 metres, and dramatically out of scale with adjacent residential areas, this building is far too tall, particularly seen from nearby open spaces such as Gunnersbury Park and Kensington Cemetery to the north, which it will overshadow.

The building is also too close to the River Thames and will cause particular harm to the world famous “Arcadian Thames” upstream of Kew Bridge, and to the Kew Gardens World Heritage Site, where an incongruous and insensitively tall building will appear in the backdrop of key views e.g. towards the Orangery.

The building will also harm the small scale character and appearance of local conservation areas, such as Wellesley Road, Strand on the Green, and Kew Green.

With a coherent plan for the immediate area still under review and yet to be finalised, current planning applications for this important location are being considered piecemeal, without an overall vision. We believe that such a tall and visible scheme, visually at odds with surrounding prevalent architecture, will be impossible to integrate successfully in a future more contextual solution, pre-empting the Council’s planning strategy for the Great West Corridor.

It is also very much our concern that this very tall building will set a real precedent for a spate of other tall buildings, totally transforming the character of this area and harming forever world-class historical assets.

It is very important - and would be much appreciated - if you could sign this petition and also “object” directly to Hounslow Council by emailing quoting reference P/2015/5555 and by posting your comments on the Hounslow planning portal at typing in reference P/2015/5555.

This petition is supported by the Skyline Campaign.

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