AFTER EIGHT YEAR BATTLE: CHURCH FINALLY SET TO SELL CINEMA BUILDING?

AFTER EIGHT YEAR BATTLE: CHURCH FINALLY SET TO SELL CINEMA BUILDING?

Kingsway International Christian Centre are finally set to sell the cinema building at 25 Church Road after an eight-year battle.

A small notice on one of the doors of the cinema building, which KICC bought in a secret deal in June 2009, says the building is being offered as an asset of community value.

The Picture Palace Campaign, set up by local residents, traders and ward councillors in the wake of KICC buying the building, have consistently called for the building to be run by a proper cinema operator.

KICC have repeatedly refused offers from cinema chains to buy the building which they bought for £1.25 million – and have spent huge amounts of money on internal alterations.

KICC lost a second appeal against refusal of planning permission in April last year.

The Inspector’s report refusing that appeal stated: “25 Church Road is the only large building of its type in the town centre. “The National Planning Policy Framework contains policies that seek to ensure their vitality.

“Whilst the list of main town centre uses in the glossary includes entertainment it does not include places of worship.

“The lawful use of the building is so important to the overall function of the centre that the loss of the opportunity to reinstate a use exclusively within Class D2 should not be lost at this stage.

“Given the strength of local support for the retention of the Class D2 use this is a material consideration in the appeal.

“I have also taken into account the considerable investment made by the appellant in refurbishing the building, but this would not overcome the harm that I have identified.” (Appeal Ref: APP/G5180/W/15/3134762)

News From Crystal Palace have written dozens of stories about 25 Church Road since 2009. The following will give you some of the massive background to the issue. To read others please search 25 Church Road, Picture Palace Campaign, KICC and Fontgate on this website.

Further reading:

CHURCH LOSE APPEAL OVER CINEMA BUILDING: “Plans would harm town centre’s vitality” says inspector – April 22, 2016

OPINION: REJOICE!!!! – but don’t get too carried away by this decision……April 22, 2016

BURLESQUE ACT IN CHURCH-OWNED BUILDING January 26, 2016

CHURCH PLANS FOR CINEMA BUILDING THROWN OUT – AGAIN “If you put lipstick on a pig it’s still a pig” – councillor March 06, 2015

“NO CINEMA USE FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS” – KICC February 25, 2015

CINEMA BUILDING: RESIDENTS TELL CHURCH OWNERS TO ‘CEASE AND DESIST’ – Legal notice revealed as council announce March 5th date for planning hearing February 20, 2015

WORSHIPPERS CARS IN CRYSTAL PALACE PARK? – KICC haven’t asked us, say Bromley February 06, 2015

FIVE THOUSAND SIGN CINEMA PETITION – AS CHURCH ROAD TRADERS START THEIR OWN January 16, 2015

FONTGATE: WAVE OF OPPOSITION TO CHURCH PLANS – as a blogger named ‘Fang’ sinks his teeth into KICC….October 09, 2014

BAPTISMAL FONT UNCOVERED AT ‘OPEN DAY’ IN CINEMA BUILDING – Councillors anger at being ‘misled’ October 07, 2014

DID YOU SNOG YOUR INTENDED IN THE BACK SEATS OF THE RIALTO?….August 22, 2014

CINEMA BUILDING MADE ‘ASSET OF COMMUNITY VALUE’ April 15, 2014

CINEMA CAMPAIGNERS FACING NEW FIGHT? July 30, 2013

CINEMA CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO ‘ADVERTISER’ ARTICLE September 18, 2012

And if you want to go back to the beginning:

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS Dateline: October 20th 2009 ONE THOUSAND ATTEND CINEMA CAMPAIGN MEETING March 21, 2014

(This article also includes: Dateline: December 18th 2009 CHURCH PLANS REJECTED IN KNIFE-EDGE VOTE (includes: LAMBETH COUNCIL IN AMAZING U-TURN OVER CINEMA)

Dateline: April 21st 2010: “OH LORD WON’T YOU BUY ME A MERCEDES BENZ…” and

Dateline: February 5th 2014 CHARITY COMMISSION APPOINT INTERIM MANAGER FOR KICC – Move follows ‘failed investments’.)

Note: THE PICTURE PALACE CAMPAIGN  was set up on 24 June 2009, after a group of local residents, traders and ward councillors got together at the Royal Albert pub on Westow Hill.

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