KICC The Open Door lodge planning appeal – What you can do now!

Planning Appeal lodged by KICC The Open Door

Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) The Open Door have lodged an appeal against the refusal of planning permission involving the change of use of 25 Church Road from Use Class D2 (Assembly and leisure) to mixed-use comprising Class D1 (Place of Worship, Church Hall and Non Residential education and training centre.) and Class D2 (Assembly and Leisure) use.

Appeals for England and Wales are dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate. The appeal procedure to be followed is Written Representations and will be decided by a Planning Inspector.

The original application was refused for the following reasons:

1 The proposed development, involving the loss of an important entertainment/leisure use within Use Class D2 and the introduction of a mixed use including a place of worship within Use Class D1, would result in a reduction in the range of facilities provided within the town centre detrimental to the proper functioning of the daytime and evening economy and harmful to the social, cultural and economic characteristics of the area, thereby contrary to Policies 3.16, 2.15 and 7.1of the London Plan.

2 The nature of the activity associated with a Class D1 use such as a place of worship is likely to have a wide catchment for attendees and attract a large number of cars and other vehicles. As a result of this and the unsatisfactory parking and drop-off arrangements proposed, the development will have a significant adverse impact on the surrounding area in terms of parking demand and highway and pedestrian safety, contrary to Policies T3, T6 and T18 of the Unitary Development Plan.

Will your objection to the original planning application count?

Yes, it will count. With this procedure the Planning Inspector considers written evidence from the Appellant – KICC The Open Door , the Local Planning Authority – Bromley council and anyone else who, like you, has an interest in the appeal.

Bromley council has sent the Planning Inspectorate copies of any letters of support or objection it received about the application. These will be fully considered by the Inspector who decides the appeal.

If you did not write at the planning application stage, or you did write and now have something new to say about KICC’s grounds for appeal which are set out in their Planning Statement of Case or you wish to support Bromley council reasons for refusing the application and restate your objection to KICC’s proposals, you must send the Planning Inspectorate your representations by 5pm Monday 16 November.

Where you can see the appeal documents

Copies of KICC’s appeal documents can be found on Bromley council’s website – scroll down to the last four documents loaded on 28 October. Or, you can download them here:

14_04557_FULL2-APPEAL_DOCUMENTS_1_OF_4-1653003 KICC GROUNDS FOR APPEAL  – Pages 1-22 are the most relevant

14_04557_FULL2-APPEAL_DOCUMENTS_2_OF_4-1653004 KICC STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SURVEY RESULTS

14_04557_FULL2-APPEAL_DOCUMENTS_3_OF_4-1653005 COLLIERS REPORT ON USE OF THE BUILDING – Please read this

14_04557_FULL2-APPEAL_DOCUMENTS_4_OF_4-1653006 HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORT STATEMENT OF CASE

How you can submit comments

Any comments you made to Bromley council regarding KICC’s proposals at the planning application stage will have already been sent to the Planning Inspector who is dealing with the appeal. You should have received a letter from Bromley council. If you wish to make further comments (representation) on KICC’s proposals then you can either:

  1. Write by sending THREE copies to The Inspector, c/o The Planning Inspectorate, Room 319, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN; or
  2. Make your representation online at www.planningportal.gov.uk or
  3. Email your representation to: [email protected]

What you should include in your representation

  1. Your full name, address and postcode; and that you are an ‘interested party/person’
  2. The address of the appeal site: 25 Church Road, Anerley, London SE19 2TE; and
  3. The Planning Inspectorate appeal reference number : APP/G5180/W/15/3134762; and
  4. You should also request acknowledgement of your representation.

The deadline for submitting further comments (making a representation) is 5pm Monday 16 November.

What your representation should say

Your representation should clearly state at the beginning:

‘I am an interested person and I am against the appeal proposals’ and explain whether it is for the same reasons as given by Bromley council (above) and/or for the reasons stated in your original objection, or if you have new reasons and comments to make on KICC’s grounds for appeal explain those.

If you objected to the original application state this and ask that the Inspector considers the reasons set out in your objection.

NB: If the Planning Inspectorate considers that your representation contains libellous, racist or abusive comments, they will send them back to you before the Inspector or anyone else sees them.

The deadline for submitting further comments (making a representation) is 5pm Monday 16 November.

17 Responses to KICC The Open Door lodge planning appeal – What you can do now!

  1. Renae Mecha October 26, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Just to let you know that I’ve written a letter to the Planning Inspectorate protesting against this appeal. Their own survey has shown overwhelming objection to their proposals. It’s time they listened.

  2. Beatrice Young-Cass November 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    I strongly oppose the appeal
    The loss to the community is greater by potential having lost an opportunity to have the building redeveloped as a Cinema house
    This building should serve the community in some broader and wider cultural means that its current private owners can afford.

    • Cinema Campaign November 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Spot on Beatrice. The building has huge potential to be a cultural hub for the local community which is lost because of the current ownership. It is sad to see the building looking so empty and unused day in day out.

  3. Andrew November 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    I have sent off an email today combining the “official” objections together with some personal reflections. Keep us posted and see you at CPIFF !

    • Cinema Campaign November 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank you for taking the time to do this Andrew. It is sad that Crystal Palace International Film Festival can’t hold any events there because their programme falls outside the family friendly/christian variety which KICC insist on.

  4. Terence Smith November 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    We strongly prefer secular leisure spaces for our neighbourhood, untrammeled by scripturally-derived strictures.
    As Christianity continues to diminish in significance, there become ever greater numbers of under-utilised premises which may be used for worship. Elsewhere.

  5. steven November 10, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    As has been said – this building, in such a central location, should serve the community as a whole. I object to it being taken over by some religious loons.

  6. Eileen Withrington November 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Have submitted my objections on the grounds that nothing has changed since the last application for change of use plus some further comments of my own.

    • Cinema Campaign November 11, 2015 at 12:54 am #

      Thank you for your continued support Eileen. It is great that we have managed to bring so many original supporters along with us over the past six years.

  7. Carol Simpson November 10, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    Objection will be winging its way. I am tired of council’s ignoring the wishes of the majority!

    • Cinema Campaign November 11, 2015 at 12:52 am #

      Thank you Carol. Bromley council actually refused planning permission but KICC have appealed their decision. Please do submit your objection to the Planning Inspectorate who will decide the appeal.

  8. kathy November 12, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    I have just emailed an objection using your very helpful guidance I mentioned that I am
    a concerned citizen who believes in a thriving,non denominational inclusive community for everyone in Crystal Palace area

  9. kathy November 12, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    I submitted and objection following your very helpful guidance .
    One of my comments was :
    a concerned citizen who believes in a thriving,non denominational inclusive community for everyone in Crystal Palace area

  10. Brian Passman November 12, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    I have sent a letter of protest at the appeal citing three reasons:
    1. Nothing has changed since the application was originally turned down.
    2. They have transformed the building into a church with fixed seats. It is not easy to use such a building for leisure use.
    2. In all the years they have owned the building they have never once organised a leisure activity and invited the local community which they could easily have done under the building’s current planning status
    I therefore conclude that this application and appeal has all the hallmarks of an outside religious organisation parachuting into an existing community with nothing but disadvantages to that community.

  11. Tracey November 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Just submitted my objections. A cinema or entertainment venue would add so much value to the community, both complimenting local traders, bars and restaurants as well as being open to all. Keeping everything crossed.

  12. Mike Smart November 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

    So many people want a cinema. If would be a priceless educational, leisure and entertainment resource. Bromley Council’s obstinate refusal to acknowledge that and take the opportunity to develop it, is nothing short of tragic.

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