Development opportunity available at Chislehurst Library site

Published Thursday, 12 February 2015

An innovative opportunity for a mixed use development is being offered in Chislehurst, which would include the requirement for a new and improved library.

Proposals are currently being sought from developers for the freehold of Chislehurst Library and car park in Red Hill, Chislehurst, with library facilities being provided alongside any new development. Potential developments could include commercial, residential or a combination of the two with new library and community facilities. 

“We are committed to providing an efficient and modern library service for the 21st century and in these difficult financial times we must look at all the options where there are creative opportunities for this to happen. The Chislehurst library site in the heart of a thriving town centre presents a fantastic chance for us to work alongside developers, providing new amenities as well as improved library facilities in the town for the future” said Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council. 

The council has now provided three new libraries in the past few years. The Biggin Hill dual use library and swimming pool opened in 2010 and the new Orpington and Penge libraries opened in July 2011 and August 2014, both with record visitor numbers and increased book borrowing. 

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Notes to editors:  

  • Any proposed development would include nearby temporary library facilities while building works are carried out and would be subject to the usual planning consents. 
  • For media enquiries, please contact Jennifer Gordon, Communications Officer, on 020 8313 4314 or email jennifer.gordon@bromley.gov.uk