Brent Council recommends plans to turn Kensal Rise library into flats are rejected

Children protest about the closure of Kensal Rise Library

Children protest about the closure of Kensal Rise Library - Credit: Archant

Controversial plans to convert Kensal Rise Library into flats and a community hub have been recommended for refusal by Brent Council.

If the application by property developer Andrew Gillick is rejected at the September 18 planning committee meeting, it will be welcome news for the Friends of Kensal Rise Library who want to see the building retained for community use.

The group has campaigned against Mr Gillick’s plan to transform the Victorian building in Bathurst Road into six flats, and a cottage with the remainder – up to 30 per cent – into a £1 million hub to be rented out free of charge.

Last month, campaigners wrote to all Brent councillors, asking them to ensure the ‘Asset of Community Value’ legislation enshrined in the Localism act is used when the final decision is made.