Essex County Council has agreed to demolish an existing library in Shenfield and replace it with a new, modern building, as the current building requires extensive and expensive repairs.

The plans also include improvements to the Bishops Hill Adult Community Learning Centre, which will also serve as a temporary library during the redevelopment process.

Councillor Lesley Wagland, cabinet member for economic renewal, infrastructure and planning said “I am delighted formal approval has been given for this exciting scheme that will see a new modern library for Shenfield, quality housing in a sustainable location as well as a new commercial facility and public garden.

As we press ahead with the creation of the temporary library at Bishops Hill Adult Community Learning Centre and then demolition and construction of the new library, we are committed to keeping the local community informed about what to expect throughout the project.”

Councillor Louise McKinlay, deputy leader and cabinet member for community, equality, partnerships and performance said “Shenfield Library is a much-valued local community facility and the development will ensure that the building is improved, providing a modern, bright, and enhanced space for local residents to use. I am grateful that so many people, groups and organisations gave their views on the design of the new library, which have shaped the final plans.”

The new library will bring a range of public benefits, including an energy-efficient building and meeting space, more floor space, a public garden and outdoor learning space, and flexible commercial space to complement the library.

The development will be funded by the development of nine apartments above the library in a three-storey building.

It is expected that the demolition will begin early next year, with the hope that the new building will be complete by the autumn of 2023.

Image source- Essex County Council

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