Village library to be demolished for housing

Skellingthorpe Library will be demolished to make way for a house in a move which developers said will “give a nod to history”.

The site on Church Road in the village closed in 2015 following cuts made to services by Lincolnshire County Council.

Now, North Kesteven District Council have approved plans for a new house on the former library site.

The county council closed a number of libraries between in between 2013-16 as it attempted to make between £1.9million-£2million in savings.

It sparked protests across the county and resulted in the running of a number of facilities being taken over by Greenwich Leisure Limited or volunteer-led community hubs.

A site layout plan of where the new building will go.

But, GreyCastle Architectural, who submitted the plans for Skellingthorpe Library on behalf of Mr and Mrs Wilcox, said the proposal looks to “minimise” the impact of the home on the area.

In their plans, they said the new development will “give a nod” to the sites previous use.

It said: “ Following constructive discussions, a number of amendments were suggested in order to ensure a high quality of design and minimisation of the impacts of the development on the wider landscape and area.

“Various design detailing will be used to give a nod to the site’s history as a library.

“For example, different sized windows to the northern elevation to mimic books standing on edge as well as a number of brickwork detailing as a banding course and recessed brick windows- all designed to be subtle yet provide interest.”


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