HC Deb 23 January 1986 vol 90 c298W
Sir Geoffrey Finsberg

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has reached a decision on the land he intends to transfer with Kenwood House to the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission under the Local Government Act 1985.

Mr. Tracey

My noble Friend the Minister of State made an announcement today in another place on this subjectThe Government have now decided on the area appropriate as a setting for Kenwood house and which it is proper for the proprietors of the house to manage. It comprises the land specified in the Iveagh Bequest Act together with the walled garden, and the remainder of the area enclosed by the existing fence erected by the London county council. This consists for the most part, of Southwood and the wooded area, including the lakes which is the centrepiece for the summer concerts. This land will be precisely delineated in a map shortly to be published with the main property transfer order. It is important that Kenwood house and its surrounding area is managed and presented effectively. I know that English Heritage is committed to working closely with the London Residuary Body which will assume responsibility temporarily for. Hampstead heath and, in the longer term, with the ultimate authority for the heath.