Chislehurst To Get New Library?

A new, purpose-built library could be built on the existing Chislehurst library after Bromley Council selected a partner to redevelop the site.

Millngate Chislehurst Ltd, which was chosen from a shortlist of  three developershas already consulted with local people about its proposal, which would see the site turned into a mixed-use development. This would involve building a new library on the first floor and converting the ground floor into retail space.

Additional space would be used for residential purposes, while the scheme would retain some of the current library facade.

Bromley Council Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation Peter Morgan said: "These proposals could well see another brand new purpose-built library for our residents and although the proposals are still at an early stage, I am cautiously optimistic that a successful scheme will be achieved.”

The library will need a temporary home while the work is carried out, which will be the responsibility of Millngate, who will need to get the council’s approval on any site chosen.

Following their selection as the council’s development partner, Millngate will put together detailed plans for the site, which will be submitted for planning permission later in the year. As part of the planning process, a public consultation on the plans for the site must be held.

The redevelopment of Chislehurst library is part of the council’s overhaul of the borough’s library service. In February 2015, the freehold for the Red Hill site, including the car park, was put up for sale by the council following the £300,000 reduction in the library service’s budget for 2014-2015.

What do you think of the proposals for Chislehurst library? Do you think the redevelopment will benefit the borough?

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