Butterfly trust dome for RNRS land

Local council approves plans for Eden-style butterfly dome on Royal National Rose Society's St Albans gardens

Less than six months after the Royal National Rose Society unanimously accepted an offer from property developer Catesby for part of its St Albans gardens, the Butterfly World Trust (BWT) has had a planning application to build a £15 million Eden-style dome on the site accepted by the local council. RNRS business consultant Brian Gill said: “A piece of land has been acquired by the trust. The planning application has been submitted and approved by St Albans council. But as greenbelt land the application is subject to the Home Office not calling it in. Catesby Estates’ offer was bettered by the trust and under section 36 of the Charity Act we have to accept the best offer.” Last October (HW, 9 October) BWT project instigator Clive Farrell said: “The sale to the property company will defeat our application.” The turnaround means 250,000 butterflies may be resident in a 100m dome by late 2005. Gill said: “The deal’s done now — I’d imagine Mr Farrell must be pretty confident things will go through.”

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