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Showjumping At London Event Cancelled At The First Jump

March 22, 2013

Zara Phillips jumpingFollowing the exciting news last month that Kensington Gardens in London was to host the Global Champions Tour, the venue has been refused planning permission.

Peter Philips, The Queen’s grandson, planned to bring the prestigous showjumping event to his family’s palace, but the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council have refused him planning permission on the grounds that it would “fail to preserve or enhance the setting of Kensington Palace or the character or appearance of the Kensington Palace Conservation Area”.

“We are extremely disappointed but we are determined that we are going to run the Global Champions Tour in the UK in 2013 and we are looking at a number of potential venues that we will confirm shortly,” said Peter. “It’s a shame that we can’t do it in the centre of London but it’s still a fantastic series.”

“Kensington Gardens is an important and hugely popular park. The proposed event would take a large portion of it out of public use for much of the summer 2013,” said a spokesman for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

There were also concerns about the park recovering from such a large event. Last year it hosted a stage production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and restoration work went on far longer than expected.

Peter, who is the brother of eventer Zara, and his company SEL now have the task of finding a new venue to host the event at short notice.

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