CENTURY HOUSE PLANS GIVEN GO-AHEAD – Building was once Church Road’s other cinema / BELVEDERE ROAD PLANS

Permission to demolish the building known as Century House – at one stage Church Road’s other cinema – have been given the go-ahead by a Bromley council planning committee.

Approval has been given to replace the building – described in a Bromley council planning report as an ex car showroom – with a four-storey building with underground car parking for nine cars to form eight two- bedroom flats and one-three bedroom flat with amenity spaces and refuse and cycle storage and new Commercial unit for A1, A2 or A3 use.

A report to committee said the proposed building will have a part four storey, part three storey format which steps up in its massing arrangement between 45 Church Road and the adjacent cinema building to the north.

At first and second floor the footprint layout is ‘L’ shaped forming a communal raised terrace area with screening and raised planters.

The third floor is located to the north side of the building set back from the front elevation. The second floor south section is similarly set back. Both areas contain external terraces.

Two flat roofs are shown over each level of the building respectively. The proposed parking spaces would be located in the basement level accessed via new crossover leading to an internal ramped access located to the southern end of the front elevation adjacent to 45 Church Road.

The ground floor will comprise a commercial unit for a mixed A1/A2/A3 use to the northern section of the site adjoining the cinema building. The southern ground floor section will incorporate a single residential unit to the rear of the ground floor and a pedestrian/vehicular access, cycle and refuse storage to the front.

Comments from Local Residents and Groups:


Concerns for pedestrian safety with cars having to cross on to the pavement to access the garage.

Height of the side wall is significantly higher the existing building.

No alterations of any significance to the new plans. Plans are virtually identical to the previous ones.

Inaccuracies in D&A statement.

Design falls short of standard of neighbouring Everyman Cinema with none of the traditional design elements appropriate for the design and period of the host building. Proposed design is not harmonious with area.

Harm to historic and sensitive heritage location at this part of Church Road.

Scale, style, inappropriate articulation does not reflect the immediate area and its heritage setting and its linear views.

Concerns raised over harm to character and appearance of both conservation areas.

Sound proofing is required adjacent to the cinema.


Welcome the investment in the building and the commercial element which will partially plug the gap between commercial parades on this side of Church Road.

Local Groups

Crystal Palace Triangle Planning Group has commented in respect of poor design in relation to the conservation area status of the locality, poor regard to updated policies on the town centre, excessive parking at the site which should be zero provision and the location of vehicle access to the car park area, landscaping on Church Road and sound proofing in relation to the adjacent cinema.

An officers report to committee says the application is a re-submission of a previously refused application. The applicant has stated the following main amendments to the scheme:

Redesign of the frontage to be more sympathetic to the road and give a better, active frontage.

Vehicle access ramp and energy technical issues are addressed.

The façade has a revised articulation to pick up on window proportions, styles and surrounds, to reflect local building character.

Paved forecourt dining/sales area proposed.

Overall, the bulk and scale of the scheme is generally considered acceptable and the set back of the replacement building footprint to the streetscene is welcomed, the report adds.

“On balance, the more articulated styling and revised design approach of the contemporary design along with the commercial frontage proposed now responds positively to local context and is considered to be an appropriate design response to the mixed character of the neighbouring sites and appears as a balanced addition to the streetscene and the local character and appearance of the Crystal Palace conservation areas within Bromley Borough and Croydon Borough.”

The report says the applicant is advised that any works associated with the implementation of this permission (including the demolition of any existing buildings or structures) will constitute commencement of development. Further, all pre commencement conditions attached to this permission.

Application No : 19/00202/FULL1  Address : Century House 37 Church Road SE19 2TE was approved at the meeting of Bromley council plans sub committee three (agenda item 4.4)on April 11th.


Plans to build a four-bedroom three-storey town house at the top of Belvedere Road, Upper Norwood have been submitted to Bromley council for consideration.

The site is on land adjacent to Rochester House 2 – 10 Belvedere Road.

The application reads as follows: Demolition of existing bin store fronting Belvedere Road and removal of 6 no. car parking spaces to the courtyard with erection of 4 bedroom three storey townhouse with associated car parking and replacement bin-store.


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