Gunnersbury small mansion plans progress

gunnersbury Small_mansionPlans to restore Gunnersbury Park have moved a step forward with Hounslow Council agreeing a preferred developer to carry out improvements to the small mansion.

Ealing and Hounslow Councils have been looking for a partner that could restore the small mansion to provide increased community access and a use which would give the building long term sustainability.

Alpha Plus Group has been selected to restore and refurbish the Grade II listed building. Ealing Council – who jointly manage Gunnersbury Park – also approved the decision at their January cabinet meeting. Alpha Plus Group’s plans include offering the building for community use in the evenings and on weekends.

Following the decision, Richard Jones, Property Director of the Alpha Plus Group said: “We expect to submit a planning application to convert the small mansion into a site for the possible expansion of our popular local independent school, Falcons School for Girls.”

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “A school will inject even more life and vitality into Gunnersbury Park and the surrounding area, while also increasing footfall at the park’s café and sporting facilities.”

Cllr Colin Ellar, Hounslow’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “The appointment of Alpha Plus will bring the small mansion into productive use, and was a sustainable option for the site.  It also allows even more access than before for community use on evenings, weekends and during the school holidays, and visitors will be able to make use of a greatly improved venue.”

Once all of the necessary approvals are in place, Alpha Plus Group will enter into a development agreement with the councils and draw up more detailed plans, which will be subject to planning permission by Hounslow Council.

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