Park Lane Stables in Teddington, whose fame rose during the pandemic, has received permission to refurbish the stables they purchased with the fund-raising appeal during COVID.

The proposal included the following:

· The flat home to Natalie O’Rourke MBE, part of the original stables building but converted in the 1990s, will be re-integrated into the stables building.

· The new space will accommodate a comfortable reception area, counselling rooms, and a ‘cuddle horse’ stable.

· Stables will be improved to provide better facilities for the horses. Most will bebigger; all will be more comfortable.

· Centuries of grime and damp damage will be swept away and replaced by a sumptuous front elevation and internal fittings, which will also be ideally in keeping with the building’s age, style, and residential location.

· The footprint of the building, and the height of the building, are unchanged.

· The rebuild will finally see the ‘Wall of bricks’, each featuring the name of a donor to the Crowdfunding campaign, brought to fruition.

Park Lane Stables is a horse riding centre in Teddington, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It was built around 1830 and originally conceived as a fire station when fire engines were horse-drawn. Today the stables are run as a charity belonging to the Riding for the Disabled AssociationThey offer horse riding lessons and hacks in Bushy Park.

They were served with an eviction order by their landlord and, through a crowdfunding campaign and plenty of positive PR, raised enough money to buy the property for the charity.


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