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Palace building plans to go ahead

20 December 08 11:25 GMT

Controversial plans for a development on land opposite Hampton Court Palace have been given the final go-ahead.

Elmbridge Council granted planning permission for flats and a hotel to be built on the Jolly Boatman site in East Molesey at an extraordinary meeting.

The application was opposed by the Historic Royal Palaces which called it "huge, urban and inappropriate".

The Georgian-style "classical" scheme for the derelict site was approved by the planning committee in November.

Historic Royal Palaces had a request for a public inquiry rejected by the Secretary of State.

The charity believed the size, scale and density of the development would damage the historic setting of Hampton Court Palace.

But developers Gladedale said their scheme was "sensitively designed" and the palace faced away from the Jolly Boatman site.

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