The sale of a Grade II-listed military quarters is to be debated in parliament after thousands of people signed petitions opposing the plan.

Kneller Hall, in Kneller Road, Whitton , is one of 12 military sites the Ministry of Defence announced in January would be sold to raise money and make space for new homes.

The proposed sale of the building, which has been home to the Royal Military School of Music for more than 150 years, prompted a public backlash and cross-party opposition from councillors.

Twickenham MP Dr Tania Mathias on Wednesday February 10 presented a 1,337-signature petition opposing the sale at the House of Commons.

She has also secured a debate in parliament on the subject, through the MPs' ballot, which will take place next Wednesday (February 24) at 11pm.

'Heartless and ill-judged act to sell'

"I am grateful to all those locally who have taken the time to sign the petition and have their voices heard on this important issue for our community," she said.

"Kneller Hall is a much-loved part of Whitton and it would be a heartless and ill-judged act by the MoD to sell it off in the face of such strong local opposition.

Twickenham MP Tania Mathias has said she is "dismayed" by plans to sell off Kneller Hall

"I met with Mark Lancaster MP, the minister responsible for these property sales, recently and left him in no doubt about residents' views and I am glad to have the opportunity to present this petition to keep up the pressure.

"The message is very clear: we will not back down on this."

The petition presented by Conservative MP Dr Mathias is one of several opposing the sale of Kneller Hall .

Nearly 4,700 people have signed a petition at which was started by Nikki Bradshaw, a petition set up by local Liberal Democrat councillors has passed the 2,000-signature mark, and a cross-party petition on Richmond Council's website has just over 200 signatures.