Westminster City Council has announced that the proposed redevelopment of Marylebone Library on Luxborough Street will not go ahead, following a substantial cost increase of £6 million. The council says it "remains committed to providing a library in Marylebone and will continue to provide a temporary library whilst looking for a permanent site. The temporary library on Beaumont Street will move to a new location on nearby New Cavendish Street in early 2017." We understand that a permanent library could be sited within a refurbished Seymour Leisure Centre. (July 2016)
Luxborough Tower residents now wait to discover:
Since planning approval went through in June 2014 there have been delays with this project. See the attached PDF file for an update (PDF).
PLANNING APPROVAL FOR LIBRARY AND FLATS PROJECT: Cancelled
I thought you might like to know the outcome of the planning application by Westminster Housing to build a new library and flats on the site of the present play space. I attended as a member of the public (along with Judith Slack and Elizabeth Young) the Westminster City Council planning committee meeting yesterday evening which considered the planning application.
The application was approved by a 3-1 majority, with no requirement being made for a replacement play space. There were only minor amendments added, namely that there should be an element of public art, and that there would be no need for standard integrated blinds for the windows of the flats. This latter requirement had been inserted by the planners to achieve a uniform and more 'civic' external appearance for the building. It had been objected to by CWH on the grounds that it was unreasonably restrictive.
The application included a secondary entrance to the library from Paddington Street Gardens North (open only at certain hours) which was approved. The Westminster City Council Parks Department are hoping to make some concurrent improvements to Paddington Street Gardens North.
We were pleased to see that, as a result of the efforts of the Luxborough Tower Residents Association, the original proposal to take part of our gardens adjacent to the library as a cycle park has been removed. Cycles will now be parked in an enclosed store within the library building.
Nick Vinson, Sara Mackay and I, as the team from the LTRA committee which is liaising with Westminster Housing on the landscape improvement scheme, will now seek to ensure that the landscape improvement scheme (including a secure perimeter) is delivered, as promised by CWH. The LTRA Committee will also seek to ensure that the construction of the Library is carried out in a way which minimises adverse impact on the residents of Luxborough Tower. 22 01 2014
Alex Reid, Chairman, Luxborough Tower Residents Association
Letter to Westminster City Council outlining the LTRA position (PDF). If required, download Adobe Acrobat for PDF files (www).
Photos of the display boards showing the plans for the library.
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