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Hampton Court Rescue: the final push

Hampton Court Rescue: the final push
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From The Hampton Court Rescue Campaign

The Hampton Court Rescue Campaign can confirm that Keith Garner, with his unshakable resolve, is to press his case against Elmbridge Borough Council to the highest level, the Supreme Court of Appeal. Given the sensitivity of the historic riverside setting of Hampton Court Palace, his legal team will continue undaunted with its legal challenge of Elmbridge’s misguided approval of the redevelopment plans for the Tudor Palace site.

Keith’s case focuses on EBC’s failure to comply with obligations laid down in the Planning Act that advocate giving ‘special regard to the desirability of preserving the building or its setting, or any features of special architectural and historic interest’.
Courageous Mr Garner expects that his leave to appeal will be heard in October.

Recent remarks made by the Leader of the Council, blamed those opposed to the scheme for having forced the Borough to unnecessarily spend £90K of its budget on legal bills. This is not the case – in fact, EBC spent a portion of this money unsucessfully defending itself against a decision by the Government’s Information Commissioner to release to the public, previously withheld secret reports. The remainder of the £90K expenditure was caused by EBC’s ill-judged and badly handled planning decision, not by the people opposed to it.

However, it is clear that the case cannot continue without more financial assistance. Keith regretfully reports “ the appeal depends on us raising further funding as our war chest is now depleted.”

If Keith has to bring proceedings to an end – due to unsupportable expense – then everything is lost. But whilst he continues, there is still a chance of a better outcome for the treasured site.

HCRC works tirelessly to raise funds, but more is needed as Keith cannot go on unaided. Just £20 per head from supporters and residents will deliver the funding needed for this final phase.

Do we allow this huge development to go ahead, with the permanent loss of the precious heritage setting at Hampton Court Palace, enduring the traffic chaos, the impact on our local communities and increased flood risk, OR DO WE STOP IT? Please, support our efforts to oppose this development.

HCRC sees the sustained court case, the withdrawal of the Royal Star and Garter Home from the joint venture, and a recession-hit housing industry, as the perfect climate for EBC to reconsider, collaboratively, its plans for the riverside site, especially under the spotlight of 2012.

Please dig deep to help raise funds to preserve and safeguard the future of our treasured listed monument and its historic landscape.

Donations can be made payable and sent to the

“Hampton Court Rescue Campaign”
HCRC, c/o The Lodge, 29, Palace Road, East Molesey, KT8 9DJ,

or by electronic transfer to:

Hampton Court Rescue Campaign Account, HSBC Bank, 34 High Street, Walton on Thames, Surrey. KT12 1DD,
Sort Code 40-45-22 Account Number 31507893

HCRC thanks you for your continuing support and generosity, and your contribution is hugely appreciated.

James Sancroft
Chair: HCRC Fund raising Committee

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