Monday 22 July 2019

Chiswick Curve Decision

The Secretary of State has overturned the Planning Inspector's decision on the Chiswick Curve. It has been thrown out.  I struggle with this statement that the inspector gave: 

"The use of pointillism in the glazed grid would act as a control that would bring the scale of the building closer to that of the buildings on the river frontage. "

What?!  As someone who studied pointillism as part of her first degree, this is the most peculiar phrase on which his decision should hinge.  Look at Nottingham Contemporary.  The 'filigree lace' effect does nothing to reduce its bulk.  

The Inspector's thoughts on Visual Representations are also troubling.  What's wrong with a full-frame camera and fixed 50mm lens? That's the industry-wide standard.  It's accepted best practice. 

Sunday 24 March 2019

Setting - Keswick in The English Lakes WHS

Hmmmmm..... How to express the concept of 'setting' and to deal with the vast wealth of evidence that I am finding related to Keswick.  It is quite mind-boggling in trying to synthesise how the setting of Keswick contributes to its significance.   Can or should we separate the 'setting' of Keswick Conservation Area (a concept defined in the planning guidance) from the wider concept of the Outstanding Universal Value of the English Lakes?   The guidance calls for it whilst the pressures of development exist.   The list of associations is immense:
Wordsworth, Shelley, Coleridge, Southey, Lamb, West, Farington, Turner, Wright, Ruskin, and so the list goes on......
and then there is Ebeneezer Howard, Canon Rawnsley, Keswick School of Industrial Arts...

Keswick as seen from Castlehead - © Mel Morris Conservation

Tuesday 19 March 2019


I have definitely not seen this before!  Amethyst and coral stuck into a gatepost.    Enjoying getting to know Keswick Conservation Area for the Lake District National Park.  I do love my job.