An ambitious plan to move Nottingham’s central library to the Broadmarsh centre has been approved by the City Council.
The proposed site on the former Broadmarsh Car Park was originally intended to house retail units and car-parking spaces.
The central library and its services will be transferred from Angel Row to the new larger space.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Localities, said: “The approval is great news. So many cities across the UK are closing libraries, and we’re investing in ours as we know what a precious resource they are for Nottingham.”
WATCH: Matt Turpin from UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature is elated with the plans.
The library plan will reduce the amount of parking, losing 162 spaces from the original 1,270 that had been assigned.
Concerns were also raised before the meeting that a planned cycle hub included in the February designs had been removed. But shortly before the meeting, it was agreed that well-lit and secure cycle storage would now be included in the library’s design.
Literary expert Matt Turpin, who helped secure Nottingham’s UNESCO City of Literature title in 2015 said: “Nottingham has a very rich literary heritage. Lord Byron, D.H. Lawrence, even the story of Robin Hood.
“And I think the choice for a new bigger Broadmarsh library is a testament to this.”
The library is expected to open with the the adjacent redevelopments in mid to late 2020.
The final decision on the detail of the plans is expected to be made early next year.