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Hot off the press re the proposed redevelopment of Chislehurst Library.

Recommendation is for NO redevelopment of the Library. 

Of course, this raises lots of Qs like the need to improve the current library and make it more readily accessible as well as what now for the GP practices…. Bear with us as we make representations and seek answers.

In the meantime, here is an extract from the ERC PDS committee agenda papers for 23rd November (pp 45- 49) which explains this: –

“Reason for report

1.1 Following a marketing exercise, a decision was taken in 2020 to enter into a Development Agreement with Prime Developments for the delivery of a new scheme on the existing site of Chislehurst Library, which would provide a new library facility for the Council as part of a wider mixed-use development.

1.2 Regrettably, the original terms of the offer that the decision to enter into a Development Agreement with Prime Developments was predicated on, are no longer viable and the transaction unable to progress.

1.3 This report is therefore to update Members on the latest position, and to recommend that the existing library is retained as an ongoing operational facility for provision of library services, with no further market testing to be pursued.


For the ERC PDS Committee to note, and for the Portfolio Holder for Resources, Commissioning and Contracts Management to approve:

– That the terms of the proposal by the preferred purchaser, Prime Developments, are no longer viable and that the previously agreed transaction will not be progressing.

– That the property is retained as an operational asset for the purpose of continuing to deliver library provision for the local area.

– That the property is not remarketed, nor any negotiations with potentially interested developers undertaken.”

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