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New planning application submitted for Kensal Rise Library

PUBLISHED: 15:39 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 March 2014

Kensal Rise Library is in Bathurst Gardens

Kensal Rise Library is in Bathurst Gardens

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A new planning application for the Kensal Rise Library building has been submitted to Brent Council by its owner.

Children protest about the closure of Kensal Rise LibraryChildren protest about the closure of Kensal Rise Library

Andrew Gillick, the director Platinum Revolver Limited (PRL), plans to convert the Victorian property in Bathurst Gardens into five flats and a community space.

The site has been vacant since it was closed in 2011 alongside five other library branches by Brent Council in a £1million cost-savings exercise.

Last year a planning application to convert the site into six flats, a cottage and a community hub was marred by claims that emails supporting the plans were faked.

The application was rejected by the council and PRL were forced to return to the drawing board.

Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL), who campaigned to stop the closures, had proposed to the council that they take over the building and use it as a community-run library.

However the council rejected the request and handed the building back to its owners All Souls College in Oxford.

PRL entered an ‘option agreement’ with ASC and a complete sale was finalised last month.

Under the terms, which have yet to be fully made public, PRL must provide rent-free space for the community.

FKRL plan to meet with PRL tomorrow to discuss the terms.

PRL also own Cricklewood Library which was closed alongside Barham, Preston, Tokyngton and Neasden branches.

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