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Chair’s Welcome

I am delighted as Chair of the Friends to welcome you to our website. Bushy Park and Home Park are two wonderful large green oases in the south west corner of London. Feeling wild, they are natural places with ancient histories, fascinating heritage and superb wildlife. Both are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing rare species. These are places to be enjoyed and conserved. Which is why the Friends exist, campaigning, supporting and protecting the parks, and enhancing visitors’ enjoyment with information, advice and guidance.

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Lion Gate Hotel proposed extension

The Lion Gate Hotel has put in a Planning Application to Richmond Council to add another storey to the two storey extension they already have. The plan is to have a glass “box” which overlooks Bushy Park. The plans state that this is a second floor extension. It is in fact a third storey. This would be a disaster. The view of Hampton Court Palace from within Bushy Park would be dominated by, in effect a viewing platform which would look down the start of Chestnut Avenue towards the Diana Fountain, and in the evenings would bathe the area in unwanted light.

The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks, together with the Royal Parks Agency have written to the Planning Authorities objecting in the strongest possible terms.

All those who agree with our objections should write as soon as possible to

Principal Planning Officer
Environmental Directorate, Planning
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Civic Centre
44 York Street

Quoting the following:-

Re: The Lion Gate Hotel, Hampton Court Road
Planning application number: 12/0408FUL

This is a copy of the letter sent by the Friends.


Dear Sir

On behalf of the 1,000 members of the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks, we object most strongly to this proposal on the following grounds. The application states that there would be no effect on biodiversity. This is inaccurate. The building is adjacent to a grade 1 listed landscape, in view of a grade 1 listed monument, and would destroy the view from Bushy Park to the Lion Gate and Hampton Court Palace beyond. The veranda would overlook Bushy Park to the great detriment of park users, and the wildlife. Deer graze within feet of the proposed extension; there are owls and bats in the immediate vicinity. The light levels that would spill into the park would be totally unacceptable to them and park users.

Bushy Park and its environs must be protected from abuses of its space and outlook. Bushy Park is a peaceful place and the addition of another drinking venue is unacceptable to park users who visit the park for peace and relaxation. We urge the planning department to reject this application.

The only benefit of this application is the profit to be made by the Lion Gate Hotel to the detriment of everyone else. This application must not be allowed to progress.

Do please write a letter or e-mail. This can be done by following this link to the Richmond upon Thames Planning Applications – Search Planning Applications – Enter Planning Application Number 12/0408 (don’t use FUL) – Scroll down to View case File/ Comment click on and click Comment again – Make sure you click the Object to the Proposal ( if not you will agree to the proposal. Write your objection in the box.

There are other issues such as no extra parking facilities for all the drinkers, and more licensed premises adjacent to the park. Neither of these will help to protect the quiet and peace to be found in the park.

Please do write.

Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 25th Jan 8:00 pm

Talk by Ian Jones-Healy “Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield“.

Latest report

On the morning of Saturday 3 November a group of members of the Friends assisted Sharon Evans, the Bushy Park Head Gardener, in planting an area of the Woodland Gardens.

Full report...