PLANS for a new cinema, café and bar in West Norwood have taken a step forward after being given the thumbs up by leading Lambeth councillors.
Lambeth Council has agreed to enter into an agreement with City Screen Ltd to prepare detailed design and planning documentation to transform Nettlefold Hall into a new ‘Creative Hub’ housing a revamped library and a new cinema, café and bar
The company already runs the Clapham Picturehouse and Ritzy cinema in Brixton and it is hoped the cinema could be open within two years.
Nettlefold Hall and West Norwood library have been closed since thieves stole the copper roof last year, which caused severe flooding and major damage to the building.
Leading councillors believe a reopened library with an independent cinema attached could be a fantastic addition to West Norwood and have been seeking local residents’ views on the plans over the past few weeks. The council’s cabinet was asked to formally agree to the plans at their meeting on Monday 22nd October.
Cllr Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Culture on Lambeth Council, said:
“This is a brilliant opportunity to create something really special in West Norwood and I’m excited about the proposals. City Screen Ltd has a good track record in managing independent cinemas so we look forward to working with them to develop these plans. Unlike other councils, Lambeth has committed to keeping all its libraries open and we are working closely with the community to develop library services that better meet our residents’ needs.”
Following approval from the council’s cabinet, City Screen Ltd, are being asked to develop detailed designs, a business case and planning documentation for the Nettlefold Cultural and Creative Hub
The council is clear that in any new development, the size of the new lending library will be the equivalent size or bigger than the current library space, and the freehold of the land and building will remain in council ownership
Work has also begun to transform the former Norwood Hall into a new public swimming pool, fitness centre, and GP and dental surgery, following a deal between Lambeth Council and NHS Lambeth.
The new services scheduled to be up and running and open to the public in spring 2014.
The £16.5 million scheme was given permission by the government earlier this year and work is now well underway.