Barham Park library gets new use

The former library in Barham Park is to be brought back into community use after a green light was given by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Inspectorate’s decision means that the units within the Barham Park Buildings can now be leased to the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art (ACAVA), a charity who provide studios for artists, exhibitions, public art and community projects.

ACAVA won the bid to lease some the units at the Barham Park Buildings as part of an open market tender process carried out by the Barham Park Charitable Trust in 2012. To enable ACAVA to lease the units within the Buildings, the Trust submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate regarding the change of use of the buildings.

Cllr Michael Pavey, Chair of the Barham Park Trust said “It is fantastic that this appeal has been allowed and that the much loved Barham Park Buildings will be brought back into community use. AVACA is a wonderful organisation and I hope that the studios will generate lots of creativity and interesting work through their community and education programmes.”

Duncan Smith, Artistic Director at AVACA said: “I am delighted that ACAVA has this opportunity to support the development and enjoyment of the visual arts in Brent. In the wonderful surroundings of Barham Park we will soon be providing studios for professional visual artists and a programme of arts activities for local communities. We very much look forward to working with The Barham Park Trust and local residents.”

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