Pitzhanger plans revised

Ealing Council is revising its plans to restore and regenerate Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery and will submit a new bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The decision to revise the proposals comes after the council was told its initial bid in the major grant category would not be progressing to the next round of bidding.  The council say that the HLF panel were positive about the scheme, but the project lost out to “very stiff competition”.

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said:  “Our May board meeting was very over-subscribed and one of the most competitive that the Heritage Lottery Fund has ever faced.  The quality of bids was also exceptionally high.  The Pitzhanger Manor project was excellent but we simply did not have enough money to support it on the day.”

The council will now work towards submitting a revised bid for up to £5m.

This would add to the separate bid put in last year under the Parks for People scheme, to make major improvements to Walpole Park.  It expects to hear whether that application for £2.4m has been successful this summer.

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