Lottery cash to help Gunnersbury?

LB Hounslow has decided to appoint consultants to explore all the viable options for regenerating Gunnersbury Park, and to produce a masterplan in partnership with Ealing Council.

The development comes after the Conservation Management Plan, a review undertaken in 2008. This said Gunnersbury is a “historic park of huge national significance”, important to the local community for both formal and informal recreation and wildlife, but that the park was in decline.

There has been some discussion about how best to fund the regeneration, with an earlier report suggesting the sale for development of several acres of the park. Now Hounslow and Ealing councils plan an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in November. Hounslow Council will use Section 106 funding to pay its share of the Round 1 development costs and Ealing has approved up to £5m cash for the whole project.

English Heritage have made Gunnersbury Park one of the top 12 ‘at risk’ properties in England. The Gunnersbury Park Estate has 22 listed buildings of special architectural or historic interest.

See coverage from the Ealing Gazette.

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