Search

Final chapter for Town Square bid to save Willesden Green Library

PUBLISHED: 14:23 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:27 19 March 2013

Willesden Green Library

Willesden Green Library

Jonathan Goldberg 07958 229 037

Planning chiefs reject application for surrounding area to be designated as one

The campaign to save Willesden Green Library looks to have reached the final chapter after an application to designate the surrounding area as a town square was rejected.

Campaign group, Keep Willesden Green (KWG) has been fighting the plans to tear down and rebuild the library, in High Road, Willesden, since they were announced.

Despite the long running saga eventually being granted planning permission last month crusaders still hoped that they could designate the area at the front of the building as a town square.

If successful this could have stalled the development, which will see 95 new flats and a cultural centre built in place of the current library as part of a project being spearheaded by Brent Council and developers Galliford Try.

However, the claims were thrown out following the conclusion of a public inquiry.

Martin Redston, who led the efforts to designate the area told the Times it was “very disappointing” but added that there would be no legal challenge.

He said: “It was a fair and reasonable process and we do not believe they put a foot wrong.

“We still all feel that the whole redevelopment process is wrong but they [the council] are the land owners and have decided to change use of land.”

The report, which was finalised on March 11, states: “The difficulty for this Application, however, is that the law requires land to have been used for LSP (leisure sport and pastimes) for a period of 20 years or more before it qualifies for registration as a TVG (town or village green).

“Whatever the affection with which the Site is held today by local residents, there is in my view simply not the evidence there to support the conclusion that the same was true in the early 1990s.”

It adds: “It is also clear to me that there are many people who have come to value the Site as a civic space. However, that is not the test for registration as a TVG.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

08:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

Election fever has gripped Brent’s politicians, but has it gripped its residents?

Fri, 17:17

Five men have been sentenced to a total of 42 and a half years’ imprisonment for weapons offences, after cops from Brent found two loaded firearms and a large hunting knife in a car they pursued and stopped during last year’s Notting Hill Carnival weekend.

Fri, 12:00

Kensal Green’s Mayhew animal charity is hosting a month’s worth of fundraising throughout May to help it continue its work for abandoned, neglected and vulnerable animals.

Fri, 11:00

A campaigner who helped put the plight of Windrush migrants onto the national agenda is standing for election in Queen’s Park.

Fri, 10:50

The Green Party is hoping to win its first ever council seats in Brent with a focus on air quality.

Thu, 15:30

Council chiefs have been slammed for buying a “designer home” for £1.1million in Harlesden when there are cheaper homes they could have converted in the neighbourhood.

Thu, 15:27

Staff at a Kenton hospice launched their Bubble Rush fundraiser by holding a mini foamy fun run for themselves.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now