The Public Inquiry into the proposed Curve development on Chiswick roundabout starts today, Tuesday 12 June. The developers of the 32 storey tower of offices and residential units were refused planning permission by Hounslow Council on the grounds that it would be too big. At almost twice the height of the next tallest building in Chiswick, Chiswick Tower, where the BSI is based, it would be seen for miles around.
Whether you consider the ‘statement’ building to be a thing of beauty or an eyesore, if it goes ahead the principle will have been established that it’s ok to build very high stand alone buildings amid low built surroundings, so what would stop that happening elsewhere in the area?
Leading the charge on behalf of opponents is Marie Rabouhans, Chairman of the West Chiswick and Gunnersbury Society, They and other groups, including the Strand On The Green Association, will be making the case that not only would the Curve be a blot on the landscape but it would put huge pressure on local infrastructure. Gunnersbury tube station is already dangerously overcrowded so that in the morning rush hour when there’s an incoming train local residents have to wait for the platform to clear before being allowed down the stairs to wait for their train to work.
Marie would like as many people as possible to turn up to the Inquiry to hear the arguments. Although members of the public won’t be allowed to speak, she thinks local residents having a presence will impress the Inspector with the strength of local feeling about the proposed skyscraper.
The Inquiry takes place over four weeks, from Tuesday, 12 June until Wednesday 4 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. Start time 10.00am.
We’ve set up a special page on The Chiswick Calendar website so you can see which days people are attending and where there are gaps. Go here to add your name to an attendance rota. 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 rota.