Pitzhanger plans approved

Ealing Council has granted planning permission for work to restore Pitzhanger Manor.

The renovation will include work on the manor and the construction of a new café in the walled garden. As it is a Grade I listed building, the Government’s National Planning Casework Unit will now have the final say on the Listed Building Consent approval.

Planning permission was also given for a conservatory extension at the back of the manor and installation of a roof lantern. The former library building, which was converted into a gallery in the 1980s, will have updated and improved visitor facilities. There will also be improved pedestrian access from Ealing Green to the café, linking through to the walled garden and Walpole Park.

In April 2012, Pitzhanger Manor was awarded a first-round development grant of £275,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop the restoration plans. A round-two bid of £4.42million has recently been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out the restorations, alongside a bid which has been submitted to Arts Council England for just under £500,000 for works to the gallery.

Ealing Council also agreed in principle to allow the Pitzhanger Manor Trust to take over management and operation of the manor house and gallery.

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