OFFER HOPE FOR THREATENED BUTTERFLY HOUSE
planning to build a luxury hotel in Syon Park
on behalf of the Duke of Northumberland have
offered some hope to supporters of the threatened
Duke's original plans would
have meant the demolition of
the much-loved Butterfly
House whose lease is due
to expire in three years and
also the Snakes
and Ladders indoor play
area as well as the Aquatic
Experience which are all
on his land. In their place
there would be a luxury 155
bedroom Radisson Hotel.
motive behind the collaboration
between Radisson Edwardian Hotels
and the Trustees of the Twelth
Duke of Northumberland's Maintenance
Fund Settlement is to "enhance
and preserve the listed buildings"
already in the Park. The Trustees
had argued that Syon House was
being adversely affected by
the "unsightly and increasingly
underused commercial buildings."
The plans caused a massive outcry
amongst local people already
concerned about the steady decline
in facilities for young children
and the loss of such popular
and Ladders also threatened
Radisson Edwardian Group are based in Hounslow
and headed by Jasminder Singh who was recently
featured as the fourth richest Asian in Britain
after Lakshmi Mittal and the Hinduja brothers.
The group's Heathrow airport hotel is regular
voted the best for business travellers. Nick
Smart, a director of the hotel group reportedly
said that, "this development will take
the tat out."
Duke of Northumberland, one of the largest
land holders in the country, has attracted
much criticism over the scheme. He enjoys substantial
tax breaks from the Government for Syon Park.
One person on the forum stated, " Why
couldn't he have taken the Long Leat approach
and expanded the facilities for children rather
than shutting them down?"
Park's estate management are now saying that
they are in discussions to save the Butterfly
House. With three years to go before the expiry
of the Butterfly House's lease and ten years
for the other two facilities there would seem
to be plenty of time for a successful resolution.
13th April 2002
on the Forum