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Hampton Court Palace development approved

Published: Friday 19th of December 2008

Controversial plans to develop a site opposite Hampton Court Palace have been approved by Elmbridge Council.

The Jolly Boatman development was given the green light after the body met on December 18th.

Historians say the plans, which include the building of a hotel by the riverside, will be out of place and out of keeping with the surroundings.

Dr David Starkey told the Telegraph: "There can be no reason for new, out of scale and out of character development on that waterfront. Hampton Court is the unique survivor of the Tudor period, mostly surrounded by a magical landscape. The river is integral to that setting.

"It's one of the top four or five most important historical structures in the country. Its future should not be in the hands of a little local authority."

The developers Gladedale say that the building will not spoil the view of the royal property, located in south-west London.

LondonPass holders can enjoy Hampton Court Palace for free, saving £13.30 for adults and £6.65 for children.

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