KICC plans refused by Planning Sub Committee

Published Friday, 6 March 2015

A planning application submitted for a change of use in Anerley was refused last night at a meeting of Bromley Council’s Plans Sub Committee.

The proposal to change the use of the former Bingo Hall building to mixed use for place of worship and assembly and leisure use at 25 Church Road, Anerley was rejected.  The Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) application included opening hours of 8am to 11pm Monday to Sunday including bank holidays, with Church services on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings.   

“While we recognise that this was an application with great public interest, we were simply not convinced by the planning merits, with our concerns from the previously refused application not addressed satisfactorily.  Accepting the proposal would mean a loss of an important entertainment and leisure use which would adversely impact the town centre economy and social amenities” said Councillor Richard Scoates, Chairman of Plans Sub Committee.  

The committee also noted that the proposal could have a detrimental effect on highway and pedestrian safety in the local area, with the proposed use attracting a large number of cars and other vehicles.  The wide catchment area for attendees would affect parking capacity, with unsatisfactory parking and drop-off arrangements proposed.