Gunnersbury Park plans progress

800px-The_Large_Mansion_at_Gunnersbury1 small Up to 60 homes could be built at Gunnersbury Park because of a £12m gap in funding for redeveloping the green space.

The expected cost of redeveloping the park and buildings is £20m, reports the Hounslow Guardian. They also report that 6m of that could come from from English Heritage and the Lottery Fund, and a further £2m from Hounslow and Ealing councils, which jointly manage the park.

The £12m gap could be funded by selling a four-and-a-half acre stretch of the park, which runs along Lionel Road, for development. This is a suggestion from Jura Consultants to the Gunnersbury Park Regeneration Board. The six councillors on the board have been asked to return their views on the report within the next two weeks.

Gunnersbury Park has been left in a serious state of deterioration because of a lack of funding in recent years. Nine of its buildings and structures are now on the English Heritage at risk list. Under the regeneration proposals, £8m would be needed to transform rooms in the large mansion house into conference and function areas and build a new public restaurant.

A further £5m would be used to convert the small mansion house into the new setting for Gunnersbury Park Museum, with £4m being used to redevelop the stables for museum storage. The final £3m would be spent on the remaining buildings in the park, including spending £300,000 on transforming the Orangery into a tea room.

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