THE site of Lyme Regis Library has been gifted to the Development Trust by Dorset County Council.
The final decision was made by the council’s Cabinet last week, but discussions for the future of the Silver Street site have taken place over the last few years.
Lyme Regis Development Trust’s plans for the site include a new library with street frontage shared with other public space, flexible for local needs, and the provision of housing.
Councillor Deborah Croney, county council Cabinet member for learning, skills and children’s safeguarding, said: “The proposal submitted by the Lyme Regis Development Trust offers the greatest opportunity of deliverability, the lowest overall risk to the county council and will provide some much needed affordable housing as well as community facilities, which includes library space, on the site.”
Local residents will be invited to give their views on the proposals, both for the overall scheme and for the plans to combine the library with other local opportunities. No decision will be made before a full public consultation has taken place.
Trustee David Gale, who is leading the project for the Lyme Regis Development Trust, commented: “The trust is delighted to have been chosen by the county council to take over and develop the library site in Silver Street to provide a new library, community resource and affordable housing for rent, with some market housing to safeguard the financial viability.
“We plan to build on our significant invested time and resource already made in this scheme underpinned by the net proceeds from the sale of Monmouth House. This exciting project, which fits the aspirations and policies of both council and Trust, will provide longevity of the library as well as having the potential to benefit the residents of Lyme Regis and the surrounding areas in many other ways”
Town, district and county councillor Daryl Turner, added: “After many months of investigating various options for this site, I believe, the Developments Trusts bid offers a sustainable future for both the site as whole and of course maintaining a library in Lyme Regis.”