New library for Chislehurst on existing site and healthcare facilities

Published Tuesday, 6 October 2020

A land deal to bring forward a new purpose-built library and healthcare facilities in Chislehurst on the existing library site has again been agreed in principle.

The confirmation follows the meeting of the Renewal Recreation and Housing PDS on Chislehurst Library today, with the call-in application dismissed. The proposed development, including much needed healthcare facilities on the same site, are subject to planning, with consultation part of this and being taken forwards by Prime Developments, the developer.  This latest agreement has come forwards following a previous proposal with another developer not being taken forward and following a new tendering exercise.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing said, “What this has always been about is about providing a modern library with upgraded facilities for local people, in much the same way that we have improved the libraries in Biggin Hill, Orpington and Penge, seeing big increases in use as a result. We have carefully assessed the deliverability of this proposal and the value it represents, both to local people who use the library and to the council taxpayer, with the library being built at no cost to the council. I look forward to seeing the new library finally take shape on the assumption planning permission is granted.”

The re-development opportunity allows for the provision of a new library of equivalent size, but constructed with modern materials, which will reduce the council’s long-term maintenance and revenue running costs and improve accessibility for local people.

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