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Bromley Council denied funding for Crystal Palace Park restoration

PUBLISHED: 15:16 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:16 13 January 2014

An aerial view of how The Crystal Palace will look once completed.

An aerial view of how The Crystal Palace will look once completed.

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Plans to restore Crystal Palace Park hit a speedbump this week, after Bromley Council were denied a £4.5million grant.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) decided the announcement of the ZhongRong Group’s proposed £500million project to rebuild the Crystal Palace left them unable to support the council’s project.

Sue Bowers, head of HLF London, said: “Whilst this project has good potential, news of proposed plans of a multi-million pound private investment into rebuilding the Crystal Palace, including the full restoration of the park, meant that at this time our trustees felt this application was a lower priority for lottery investment.”

This would have been the second phase of restorations in the park, the first of which was completed in 1998 with improvements to the south-east corner.

Leader of the council, Cllr Stephen Carr, said: “We are absolutely committed to securing much needed improvements at Crystal Palace Park and this latest news is clearly disappointing.

“Perhaps understandably, with the potential full restoration of the park a real possibility, the application was not successful but it would have been wrong not to pursue this option and apply for the grant.”

In December, the ZhongRong Group invited architects to submit designs of the new Crystal Palace - which is scheduled for completion in 2018.

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