Brent library redevelopment rejected
by James Wood Fri 4th October 2013, 4:36 pm
Plans to redevelop a former library in Brent have been blocked by the council under the Localism Act, as the building is listed as an asset of community value (ACV).
Brent Council designated the Kensal Rise Library as an ACV in December 2012, which has led to developer Kensal Properties' proposals to build six flats, one house and 175sq m of space for community use, to be rejected.
Brent planning committee said plans were thrown out as the developer’s proposed community hub failed to meet local requirements.
The controversial plans for development were met with considerable protests from local residents, particularly with those who had campaigned to take it over after its closure in 2011 – a bid which was then rejected by the council.
As well as the ACV status, the council says grounds for refusal also related to proposed extensions to existing buildings.
Earlier this year, Sitematch research revealed that 71 per cent of London's planning officers thought the government’s neighbourhood planning policies do not help to allow development projects to go through.