Change of use plans revealed for 25 Church Road – private briefing for political and ‘community’ stakeholders

The campaign has been forwarded details of a private briefing (pre-application consultation) on proposals for and tour of 25 Church Road for political and ‘community’ stakeholders which is being held on Monday and Tuesday 8/9 September prior to Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) submitting a new planning application.

KICC have also set up 2 new websites for the premises.

KICC The Open Door and The Open Door

We will post more when the planning application goes live.

From: Open Door []

Sent: 01 September 2014 12:16

To: ‘Open Door ‘
Subject: 25 Church Road regeneration

25 Church Road regeneration

I am writing to invite you to a private briefing and tour of 25 Church Road. As you will be aware, when KICC The Open Door purchased the site in 2009 from the previous owners, Gala Bingo, the building had been allowed to deteriorate and fall into a state of disrepair.

Since 2009, The Open Door have invested over £2 million in restoring the building and 25 Church Road has now been brought up to modern standards. Following our previous change of use application for the building, we have taken on board all of the comments made by stakeholders and members of the community and have reviewed our plans.

Our vision is to create a sustainable community hub in the heart of the Crystal Palace Triangle, servicing local groups and businesses, as well as using the space for events and functions. We are already in discussion with local organisations such as fitness providers and over 50’s groups who are interested in using the facilities.

As part of this new community offer, we are looking to open a permanent cafe on the site. The Open Door will only hold two church services a week at 25 Church Road, alongside book groups and counselling, with the remaining timetable being available for other local organisations’ use. Over 70% of the Open Door timetable will be made available to the community and local organisations.

We believe that we can deliver a new community hub with a sustainable transport plan that will benefit local residents and the whole of Crystal Palace. Before we submit our application we would like to meet with you at 25 Church Road. We will be hosting tours of the site on 8th and 9th September (10am-4pm) for political and community stakeholders. Members of the project team will be available to answer your questions. I would be grateful if you would RSVP with an hour’s slot on either day that is convenient to you by email at  

If you require any further information before then, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Dipo Oluyomi
Pastor, KICC The Open Door

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