Mixed-use development carefully designed to respect heritage assets

The erection of a five-storey building in west London was secured, an inspector being satisfied that adequate consideration had been given to its design and the impact on heritage assets.

The scheme involved refurbishing a locally listed, Art Deco building on the site’s frontage and which dated from the 1930s. Later utilitarian warehouse buildings at the rear would be demolished and replaced with a five-storey, tiered building, the bulk of which would be located in the three lower storeys. While this would involve a pronounced increase in scale from adjoining two-storey housing, the careful design was an appropriate response, transitioning into commercial areas beyond, the inspector decided. It would not therefore appear oppressive or intrusive. Retaining the Art Deco building which was a good example of the sleek commercial structures being built at the time, with simple, straight lines and gentle curves, was an added benefit.

A grade II listed building also in Art Deco style was located close by. This reflected the inter-war expansion of manufacturing in the area. While this building was undoubtedly important, the inspector decided that the appeal proposal would not detract from its setting although glimpses of the building's clock tower would be obscured from some nearby residential streets. Overall, the setting of the listed building would be preserved, he opined, also concluding that the living conditions of adjacent residents would be similarly protected.

Inspector: David Spencer; Written representations

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