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
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:
- 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
- Make your representation online at www.planningportal.gov.uk or
- Email your representation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What you should include in your representation
- Your full name, address and postcode; and that you are an ‘interested party/person’
- The address of the appeal site: 25 Church Road, Anerley, London SE19 2TE; and
- The Planning Inspectorate appeal reference number : APP/G5180/W/15/3134762; and
- 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.