Pitzhanger plans granted permission

by Jim Dunton Thu 27 February 2014, 3:30 pm

Proposals to renovate Pitzhanger Manor and gallery and construct a new café within its walled garden have been approved by Ealing Council's planning committee.

The Grade I listed building’s rear conservatory will also be extended and a roof lantern will be installed, while the gallery area will see its visitor facilities updated and improved.

A £275,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant made two years ago has paid for the construction work, and a £4.42 million bid has recently been submitted to the fund to help towards the cost of restoration work.

Ealing Council said a separate bid for almost £500,000 had been submitted to Arts Council England specifically to cover the cost of the gallery work.

The project has also attracted £425,000 from several charitable trusts and foundations that fund heritage and arts projects, subject to approval for the Heritage Lottery Fund bid. However a further £1.85 million is still required for the project.

Additionally, Ealing Council has agreed in principle to transfer the building’s management to Pitzhanger Manor Trust.

Ealing Council leader and trust member Julian Bell said “excellent progress” was being made towards the restoration of the Walpole Park building.

“I am very pleased that the Pitzhanger Manor Trust has been granted future management of the site in principle,” he said.

“There is still a lot of work which needs to be done but I am confident both the council and the trust will meet their fundraising targets and Pitzhanger Manor will be restored to its former glory.”

Trust chair Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles said that once restored, the manor would be “the jewel in the crown of the queen of the suburbs”.

Ealing said that subject to further planning permission and all of the funding being approved, work on Pitzhanger Manor was due to start early next year.

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