CINEMA BUILDING: RESIDENTS TELL CHURCH OWNERS TO ‘CEASE AND DESIST’ – Legal notice revealed as council announce March 5th date for planning hearing
RESIDENTS whose homes back on to the former Granada cinema building have issued a ‘cease and desist’ legal notice to the church which owns it.
They say the lane which runs between the building on Church Road, Crystal Palace and the back of their homes in Patterson Road is a shared ownership area – even though owners Kingsway International Christian Centre have again used the.WHOLE of the lane in their latest planning application for the building.
They say the owners of all or various of the properties backing onto the lane – as well as other properties in Church Road itself – have the right expressed in their deeds to access it ‘from time to time and at all times.’
And that KICC The Open Door and its associates “have NO right to park or station vehicles on the lane, partly or wholly on land owned by others and block this access to the detriment of neighbours’ emjoyment.”
News of the residents legal notice comes in the wake of a second consultants report which said KICC would be able to park four vehicles including minibuses in the lane – and revelations that KICC would solve previous objections on parking by using Crystal Palace park for parishioners vehicles. (see previous news stories)
The minibuses would ferry worshippers to the building’s back entrance in the lane. The move is part of the church’s revised application for the building to be a church with mixed use. The application is due to be heard by Bromley council’s plans sub committee at Bromley civic centre on Thursday 5th March .
The residents’ notice to KICC says that, for the avoidance of doubt, they are asserting their ownership rights to the full extent of their properties and associated rights – and asks KICC “not to repeat the error in future documentation.”
They say the unmade lane is not suitable for regular use by HGV (heavy goods vehicles) or other large vehicles.
“We would particularly draw your attention to an existing underground cavity near the eastern entry to the lane, and the sewer running under the middle of the lane. “In permitting or encouraging large or heavy goods vehicles to use the lane you may be risking collapse” they warn.
“Please be aware you have no right to block the lane at any time. “You have publicly described the lane as an ‘informal servicing area’ and propose to permit service vehicles to use it for future venue hirers’ deliveries saying you have limited parkling at the rear of the building for three large vehicles.
“But this access is shared with other local businesses and cannot be blocked by large or nheavy goods vehicles for prolonged periods of time.”