Kew’s historic King’s Observatory (Richmond Council ref 11/2592/FUL)
You may remember that we supported the conversion of the historic Royal Observatory into a private residence provided that access was allowed to the cupola and telescope from time to time. Richmond Council considered this at their planning meeting on 14 March 2013. The Planning Committee approved the application and added a request that “that as far as is reasonably possible and as part of the s106 Legal Agreement, that access to the cupola / telescope, is maximised for those with local, historical and scientific interest and are flexible in those access arrangements to the cupola”.
This has been included in the signed Section 106 agreement with access for defined “Designated Persons” by prior appointment with the lessee. No more than 4 such visits can be arranged in a year and at reasonable times.
This extremely important Grade 1 listed historic building is being restored by a private individual. The Kew Society submitted representations in support of the application for change of use, with the caveat that it would be accessible to the public from time to time.