Another ‘change of use’ planning application submitted for 25 Church Road! Call to action!


Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) has submitted another planning application for ‘change of use’ of 25 Church Road to a D1 ‘Place of Worship’, conference and counselling centre with D2 add-on.

We are waiting for the planning application to be validated and expect it to go live and out for the 3 week statutory consultation, just in time for the Christmas holiday period. This means we need you to act now please.

What you can do to help now

Request a planning application consultation letter or email notification of when the application goes live on Bromley’s planning portal

Email: or call on 0208 313 4956. Please quote: ‘25 Church Road SE19 2TE’ and ask to be included on Bromley’s consultation database to receive a consultation letter or email notification. This will register you in the consultation process and tell you who to write to and when.

Thank you – What you told KICC and us via their survey – please read

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took the time to contact the campaign, political representatives and Bromley planning with your comments on FORTY SHILLINGS, KICC’s PR company’s survey and proposals for ‘change of use’ of 25 Church Road. The response was overwhelming.

As indicated in our last newsletter, we have published, on an anonymous basis, a representative sample of the comments we received. We have received many, many similar responses on the points you have raised. We, and other local community groups and organisations, share your concerns. Please do read what local residents and traders had to say.

Your comments on Kingsway International Christian Centre’s survey and proposals for change of use of 25 Church Road

Why is this important?

25 Church Road is the only large purpose built public entertainment venue in the town centre, a landmark with a long history of serving the community, providing local entertainment from its roots as a 1920s art deco cinema through to its use as a bingo hall as recently as 2009 when KICC bought the building.

In 2009, 3,500 local residents and traders, most of the surrounding ward councillors, London Assembly members and local MPs objected to KICC’s planning application for ‘change of use’,  which was subsequently refused by Bromley council. 7,000 locals signed a petition explicitly stating that they rejected any application to allow the building to be used for religious purposes.

25 Church Road is the last remaining dedicated D2 ‘Assembly and leisure’ venue left in Crystal Palace and has an important role in furthering the social, recreational and cultural interests of the local community within its current planning use.

It is the first building in Crystal Palace to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ – a significant milestone in ensuring the continued recognition of the importance and heritage of the district centre’s largest and only D2 Public entertainment venue.

KICC are a charity and a church whose charitable object is the advancement of religion

There is no obligation for KICC to deliver or invite any D2 entertainment activities should they obtain ‘change of use’ to include D1 (church, conference and counselling use) and none that can be successfully enforced. This is a source of great concern amongst many other serious planning issues such as traffic and parking, the impact on local trade and loss of opportunity to regenerate Church Road and boost local trade in the Crystal Palace Triangle.

If KICC, which are a church and whose charitable object is the ‘Advancement of the Christian Religion’ (not the advancement of entertainment, cinema, bingo, indoor recreation) and whose mission is to grow their congregation, obtain planning permission for ‘change of use’, the D1 permission will become the primary use of the building. Even now, KICC are promoting and operating the premises as their church; holding events for their members and excluding the local community; they are also operating their Regional office from the building for which they do not have planning permission.

Support a Cinema for Crystal Palace by fighting to keep the sole D2 planning use

There are three companies interested in re-opening 25 Church Road as a cinema. We must persuade Bromley council to refuse any ‘change of use’ to include D1 and we must fight to keep it as an entertainment venue for the benefit of the whole community.

We don’t need another church with a church hall for hire; we already have plenty of these in Crystal Palace which deliver a fantastic service to the local community and support community initiatives.

Over the past 2 years, KICC have had every opportunity to open the building up to the local community to use within its existing D2 planning use; they spectacularly failed to do so; and it is only now after being threatened with ‘enforcement action’ that they have had to submit a further application setting out their intended use of the premises.

What the town centre needs is the sole D2 planning use to be retained; a use that will complement the mix of uses we have in Crystal Palace and a user that will respect the heritage of the building and the needs and wishes of the local community.

We will be in touch again just as soon as the planning application goes live.

Thank you for your continued support. It really is appreciated.

With best wishes,

Picture Palace Campaign team

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4 Responses to Another ‘change of use’ planning application submitted for 25 Church Road! Call to action!

  1. Nicol December 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Do you have any petitions on or sumofus that I can sign and further promote? x

    • Cinema Campaign December 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Hi Nicol, there will be a petition coming soon via . We’ll keep you posted. Thanks for the support.

  2. Katy December 9, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Done! Found it impossible not to include a little rant… I simply cannot see how this farce has been allowed to continue for so long! You have 100% of my support.

    • Cinema Campaign December 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

      Thanks Katy. Rant totally excused, it is very hard not too. We’ll let everyone know when the application goes live and provide some guidance on how to object. Lots of hard work to come but the support is amazing.

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