Chislehurst could get a new library

Published Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A development partner has been selected that could eventually see a new purpose built library on the existing Chislehurst library site.

Millngate Chislehurst Ltd has been selected to progress the re-development of the existing Chislehurst library site. The plans, which will be subject to obtaining planning permission, could see a new modern purpose built library on the first floor with retail space on the ground floor. It is envisaged that the mixed use development would also include residential space as well.

"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. Millngate, the developer, will still need to obtain planning permission and public consultation is part of that process. As well as being an enormously positive sign for our library service, it is also a positive sign for Chislehurst as a town centre destination" said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation.

The Millngate proposal was selected from a shortlist of three developers, with the scheme retaining part of the existing library fa├žade. Millngate have already consulted local people about their proposal and detailed plans are now being prepared prior to a planning application being submitted later this year.

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