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Charity abandons Hampton Court scheme

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Care home charity the Royal Star & Garter has pulled out of Allies & Morrison’s controversial scheme to redevelop Hampton Court station, south-west London

The mixed-use development close to historic Hampton Court palace, which features a classical hotel by Quinlan and Francis Terry Architects, has been stuck in a long-running legal battle with campaigner and conservationist architect Keith Garner.

The Royal Star & Garter Homes charity today (12 July) announced its withdrawal from the scheme, which has planning permission for a care home, 66 residential units and a hotel.

Chris Bearman of Allies and Morrison said: ‘We are obviously very disappointed to hear this news. We worked very closely with The Royal Star and Garter to achieve a design for their care home that they were subsequently very much looking forward to building and occupying.  

‘It is a great shame that we will now not have the opportunity to develop these proposals further with the Charity, but we wish them much success with their endeavours to find an alternative site elswhere in the area.’

The loss of its key occupier has not shaken developer Gladedale, which is proceeding with its plans for the site.

Paul Lemar, land and planning director at the company said: ‘This doesn’t jeopardise the project at all, we have a care home consent which wasn’t specific to the Royal Star & Garter.’

John Dunt, chairman of the charity - which has been caring for disabled ex-Service personnel since 1916, said: ‘The  delays and disruption resulting from the judicial review process, and the continuing uncertainty about the outcome of the planning process means that we have no certainty of when development can be brought forward on this site.’

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