Chiswick Curve Public Inquiry – Sign up to Attendance Rota

As you will no doubt be aware if you have lived in this area for any time, there is to be a Public Inquiry into the Chiswick Curve, a proposed 32 storey development of offices and residential units on Chiswick roundabout. Residents objected to the developers’ proposals. Hounslow Council refused planning permission. The developers appealed against the decision and now there is to be a Public Inquiry in June.

Leading the charge on behalf of opponents is Marie Rabouhans, Chairman of the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society, who is now calling on as many residents as possible to turn up to the Inquiry to show the Inspector how great is the local opposition to the skyscraper.

Arguments against it range from the aesthetic to concern about the air quality for those living at a traffic junction at the end of the M4, to worries about how the local infrastructure – schools, doctors’ surgeries and especially transport links, given the already perilous state of Gunnersbury station in the rush hour – will cope with so many more people. It is also thought that if the developers win this appeal it will open the flood gates to a veritable forest of high rise developments along the M4 corridor.

Marie and several other representatives, from Brentford Community Council and Strand On The Green residents’ association will be speaking at the Inquiry. There is nothing else that opponents can do now other than to turn up and show moral support. “It will create a big psychological impact, showing how strongly people feel about it” says Marie.


Marie Rabouhans, Chairman, WCGS
Add your name to the rota if you feel strongly about it

The Inquiry takes place over four weeks, from Tuesday, 12th June until Wednesday 4th July (possibly a few days longer) from Tuesdays to Fridays at the Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, TW8 8DW. Marie would like people to be there every day, but particularly on the opening and closing days.

The Chiswick Calendar has accordingly set up a calendar page which you can access on our website here, so you can see which days people are attending and where there are gaps. If you click on the page and fill out the form, we’ll receive an email and will add the information (not your name, just a head count of numbers attending each day) to the calendar.

Marie has written a guest blog asking you to attend if you can, outlining the arguments and giving all the background information, which you can also read on The Chiswick website