SoS approves Willesden Library

The GLA and the Secretary of State have given approval to plans to redevelop Willesden Green Library.

Brent Council approved the plans last month. Willesden Green Library will now close on 25 April for redevelopment.

The council say Willesden Green Library will now be “transformed into a state of the art library and cultural centre” that will act as the main hub for council services and community activity in the south of the borough.

Brent’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects, Cllr George Crane said: “This new library will be an asset to the community, it will aid in the revival of the high road, encourage new visitors and transform the way people interact with the council.”

Darren Maddox, Managing Director of Linden Homes (Chiltern), part of Gallifrod Try, the council;s development partner, commented: “We are eager to get started and to deliver a fantastic new facility for the community. Built to the latest specifications, it will provide a comprehensive range of services and resources for local people, far in excess of what is currently available.

“With new homes planned too, this project will provide a major boost to the neighbourhood.”

The new cultural centre will be developed and fitted-out ready for operation without any capital cost to taxpayers thanks to a deal struck between Brent Council and Galliford Try, one of the UKs leading construction companies, to build homes for market sale at the back of the site in return for the centre.

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