Refuse KICC's application for change of use of 25 Church Road
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MAKE YOU VOICE COUNT - SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE 25 CHURCH ROAD, CRYSTAL PALACE, SE19 2TE
25 Church Road is the only large, purpose-built, public entertainment venue in the town centre. Located in the heart of the Crystal Palace Triangle, this landmark building has a long history of serving the community by 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 Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) bought the building and attempted to take it out of leisure use for the first time in over eighty years.
As the last remaining dedicated D2 ‘Assembly and leisure’ venue left in Crystal Palace, it has played a substantial role is serving the cultural and entertainment needs of Crystal Palace for generations. It has the potential to do so again and to further the social, economic, recreational and cultural interests of the local community and businesses within its current planning use.
The long standing, and vital, contribution to the cultural life of Crystal Palace was recognised in 2014 when Bromley Council agreed to register the building as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ and is reflected in the views and wishes of thousands of traders and residents, who have campaigned tirelessly for over five years to preserve the heritage of 25 Church Road
However, the potential opportunity to return 25 Church Road to its historic public entertainment roots and preserve its long established status as a major ‘Assembly and Leisure’ venue, is once again under threat by KICC’s latest planning application for a mixed use D1 Church, conferencing and counselling centre with some D2 ‘Assembly and leisure’ elements - although there would be no obligation whatsoever for the owners to run any D2 leisure activities once the ‘change of use’ had been granted
If successful the proposed ‘change of use’ would result in the loss, perhaps forever, of the last remaining dedicated D2 Public entertainment venue in Crystal Palace and any meaningful preservation of this recognised ‘Asset of Community Value’.
We, the undersigned, consider such a loss to be unacceptable and the proposed change to mixed use to be detrimental to the cultural and economic vitality of Crystal Palace.
We therefore call upon Bromley Council, as the Statutory Planning Authority:
1. To continue to recognise 25 Church Road’s status as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ - within its current D2 planning use, in accordance with the provisions of the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Regulations 2012.
2. To take into account 25 Church Road’s ‘Asset of Community Value’ status as a MATERIAL PLANNING CONSIDERATION AGAINST any change of use from D2 to a mixed use D1/D2.
3. To refuse KICC’s planning application, as contrary to both planning policy and the clearly voiced views of the traders and residents of Crystal Palace to save 25 Church Road as a public entertainment venue, through the preservation of its exclusive use for permitted D2 ‘Assembly and leisure' purposes.
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