HC Deb 02 December 1926 vol 200 cc1376-7

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, before any tender is finally accepted for the erection of flats on the Abbey Lodge site, Hanover Gate, plans and drawings will be placed in the Tea Room, so that Members of the House may be able to judge for themselves the effect which the proposed buildings are likely to have upon the amenities of the Regent's Park and its immediate neighbourhood?


Under the printed terms and conditions for letting the site in question, tenders must be made not later than 7th December, and the Commissioners of Crown Lands must decide within a reasonable time after that date whether or not to accept any of the tenders. If a tender is accepted, a contract will be thereby created under which the tenderer undertakes to submit for approval before 28th February, 1927, all necessary plans of the building proposed to be erected, and, if such plans comply with the printed conditions which form part of the contract, the Commissioners will be bound to approve them. I have, however, carefully considered the proposal, and, after a personal inspection of the site, I am satisfied that the amenities of Regent's Park and the neighbourhood will not suffer.


Does my right hon. Friend realise that putting ugly buildings around Regent's Park on Crown land will interfere with the amenities of the park itself?


There is no proposal to put ugly buildings there.