Improvements to Hove Library have been given the go-ahead by the city council’s planning committee. The committee gave their final agreement to internal and external work to the Grade II listed Carnegie designed building in Church Road.
The work includes:
- Installing a public lift in the stairwell between ground and first floor
- Installing a separate lift between ground floor and basement for staff use
- Provision of disabled toilet facilities at ground floor level
- Provision of new opening to an existing WC at ground floor level
- General repairs (skirting boards, window boards, sills, etc)
- Removal of a temporary stud wall and making good at ground floor level
- Introduction of air conditioning units in the IT suite
The planning committee gave initial consent to the scheme in February, however the application had to be forwarded to the Secretary of State for formal consent as the council is not allowed to grant listed building consent to buildings that it owns. Permission was granted on 29 June; with the condition that the city council’s planning committee approve the details of the work, which they have now done.
Chair of the planning committee Cllr Les Hamilton said, “These changes will help make the building more accessible and friendly for disabled library users. All the repairs and improvements will be carried out in sympathy with the existing Grade II listed building.”
Cllr Sue John, chair of the culture and tourism committee, said, “The completion of this final stage in the planning process is to be welcomed as it means we can finally start work, meaning new and improved facilities for library users.”
A report on changes to the layout of Hove Library is going to the culture and tourism committee on 15 September.
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