Property developer vows to win fight to convert Kensal Rise library into flats

The former building that housed Kensal Rise library

The former building that housed Kensal Rise library - Credit: Archant

The developer behind controversial plans for Kensal Rise Library has vowed to fight to the end in his bid to transform the building, despite Brent Council’s recommendation to refuse his application.

Andrew Gillick of Platinum Revolver Ltd made the claim after his plans for six flats, a cottage and a community hub were recommended for refusal by Brent Council.

He said: “(The recommendation) was expected and we will be appealing and seeking costs.

“We are confident we will get approval.”

But the recommendation is welcome news for the Friends of Kensal Rise Library who have campaigned for nearly three years to see the Bathurst Road building retained for community use.

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Last month, campaigners wrote to all Brent councillors, asking them to ensure the ‘asset of community value’ legislation enshrined in the 2011 Localism Act is used when the final decision is made.

Margaret Bailey, who chairs FKRL, said: “It could go either way.

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“I am very glad the officers decided to take the asset of community value into account.

“It’s not just good for us, but for groups all over England.

“They (Brent Council) are to be applauded for it.”

The application has attracted 432 comments on Brent Council’s website, with around two thirds objecting to the plans.

A Kensal Green resident believes some comments supporting the application have been falsely made.

The resident posted: “Comments have been posted, attributed to my address in favour of the planning proposal.

“These remarks are wholly false.

“I am entirely opposed to the proposal and object most strongly to the idea of turning any part of the library, a much needed public amenity, into flats.”

Brent’s planning chiefs will meet with FKRL for a site visit at Kensal Rise Library on Saturday morning.

A decision is expected to be made at Brent Council’s planning committee meeting on September 18.

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