A new chapter for St Budeaux got underway this week with work starting on a brand new library and 24 new homes.
Local developers Land Developments (SW) started on the old library site in Victoria Road to build the complex which will provide affordable homes for Plymouth people as well as a fantastic new library.
The new library will have more books, a suite of free computers, Wi-Fi access, meeting rooms, a children’s library, garden café and activities and events for all ages.
Councillor Pete Smith Deputy leader of the Council said: “The old library was extremely popular and well used, but the building was long past its prime. We think the residents of St Budeaux deserve to have modern and welcoming facilities – so that’s what we are doing.
The development was given a financial boost worth £189,000 through the One Public Estate land release fund. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance added: “This development is about more than just the library, it is about creating much needed affordable and accessible homes in an area which is crying out for them.”
The housing development will include four wheelchair accessible homes with the rest of the development comprising one and two bedroomed homes. The intention is that the smaller homes in a more central location with low energy bills will be attractive to older residents living in properties that are bigger than they need, freeing up much needed affordable homes for families.
The developer is in discussions with a housing association which will take over the properties once they are built. It is intended that the homes will be available at social rent levels making them truly affordable. Further details of this will be available soon.
The new library is expected to open early next summer. While the library is closed hours at West Park have been extended to 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
St Budeaux Library activities including rhymetimes, Work Club and Lego Club are all taking place at West Park. There is also a pop-up library at the Barn in Barne Barton every Wednesday where people can browse books, pick up reservations and attend activities.
On Fridays between 10am to 2pm, library staff are at the Community Centre in the Square, where the popular Memory Café is held.