Planning permission has been granted for a brand new library and 24 new homes in St Budeaux.
The go-ahead means redevelopment work can now get underway at the site of the current library in Victoria Road, in the heart of the neighbourhood.
As well as a more modern and welcoming library, the environmentally friendly building will provide 20 one and two bedroom apartments on the upper levels and four specialist units on the ground floor that will be fully wheelchair accessible.
The new library will be a flexible space, with a wide selection of books, free computer and Wi-Fi access, meeting spaces and events and activities for all ages.
Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said: “It’s great to get the green light for this exciting new development in St Budeaux. The current library is popular and well-used but also dated and inefficient to run.
“The new library will have increased book stock, meeting rooms, a full suite of PCs, free Wi-Fi, children’s library and garden. We want to create an open, bright, friendly and welcoming space that provides better opportunities for people to access all our library services.”
The current library closed at the weekend but there are a number of options to continue accessing library services. The hours at West Park Library have been extended and it is now open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Extra PCs will be installed and most regular St Budeaux Library activities including rhymetimes, Work Club and Lego Club will continue at West Park at the same day and time.
There will also be a pop-up library at the Barn in Barne Barton every Wednesday where people can browse a selection of books, pick up reservations and attend activities.
On Fridays between 10am to 2pm, library staff will be at the Community Centre in the Square, where the popular Memory Café will be held.
The new library is expected to open next summer.