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Hampton Court development due before Xmas

Published: Saturday 13th of December 2008

The decision whether to allow a controversial development on a site adjacent to one of London's most historic visitor attractions is to be made before Christmas.

Elmbridge Council has announced that the proposed Jolly Boatman scheme near Hampton Court Palace in west London will be decided upon at a meeting to be held on December 18th.

Paul Lemar, land and planning director for the developers Gladedale, told the Richmond and Twickenham Times: "We have been delighted with the support we have received from many local people, including councillors, who recognise the plans will revitalise this derelict site and bring major improvements to East Molesey".

The scheme would involve the development of Hampton Court Station as well as land nearby the attraction, a move which Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) – the charity which manages the Hampton Court – has consistently opposed.

HRP has submitted a formal objection to the local council and has stated on its website that the proposed work would cause "significant, irreparable damage" to the historically important site.

Visitors to Hampton Court Palace can enjoy free entry with their LondonPass, saving £13.30 for adults and £6.65 for children.

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