HISTORIC Twyford Abbey in Ealing is to be restored as part of a new housing scheme, which will open the site’s grounds to the public for the first time.

Latimer, the development arm of Clarion Housing Group, is working with Redington Capital to sympathetically restore the grade II listed manor house after formally acquiring the site and receiving planning consent.

The scheme aims to bring the building and surrounding land back into use after years of disrepair while building 326 homes.

Redington will oversee the restoration of the abbey while Latimer will build the homes – half of which will be officially affordable.

The project promises to faithfully repair and reinstate the original walled gardens and cottage – deteriorated to the point of dereliction – to provide community gardens and an orchard.

There will also be a new 1.2-acre public park complete with children’s play area.

Construction on the site is expected to begin this year with the first homes ready in 2025.