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Chislehurst library could share space with retailer under re-development plans

PUBLISHED: 16:57 12 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:57 12 January 2016

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Plans are subject to a planning application

The re-development of Chislehurst library could see the service sharing its building with a retailer.

Under plans revealed by the council’s development partner for the project, Millnggate Chislehurst Ltd, the library would be moved to the first floor with a new library built, while the ground floor would be used as retail space.

Additional space could be used for residential in a mixed-use development.

Local have been consulted about the proposal by Millngate, but a full planning application will not be submitted until later this year.

Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation 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.

“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.”

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