MP’s LETTER TO BROMLEY ON CHURCH PLANS FOR CINEMA BUILDING – Councillors voice their opposition
“Constituents who have contacted me seem far from convinced this will be of benefit to the local community” – Tessa Jowell
In a letter to Bromley’s chief executive David Bartlett, Dulwich and West Norwood MP Tessa Jowell says her constituents have expressed “considerable concern” about the application over its negative impact on parking and traffic congestion when large-scale events are held – for example in Highland Road.
“Constituents who have contacted me on this seem far from convinced that this development will be of benefit to the local community” says the MP in her letter.
“Many have expressed the sentiment that the applicant has not engaged with the local community in the intervening five-year period (since KICC purchased 25 Church Road) and that this should have taken place after the purchase of the building and before renovations began.
“The correspondence I have received from constituents is very clear: “They want any change of use including D1 to be refused and for the building to remain an entertainment venue for the benfit of the whole community.
“While the current owners have offered to provide D2 benefits many of my constituents have expressed significant doubt that this commitment will be fulfilled.
“I trust the above along with the many objections submitted by local residents will be given due consideration when it comes to assessing the merits of this application for change of use.”
In a letter to Bromley council’s chief executive David Bartlett, the MP says that although the building is not in her constituency a number of her constituents from Lambeth’s Gipsy Hill ward have raised objections.
“IT IS VITAL THIS APPLICATION IS TOTALLY REJECTED ONCE AND FOR ALL TIME” – PAT RYAN
GIPSY HILL ward Cllr Matthew Bennett says he and his fellow ward councillors have already submitted a representation on behalf of Gipsy Hill residents.
Responding to criticism from a cinema campaigner Cllr Bennett adds: “We’ve always been strong supporters of the cinema campaign and to date have been cc’d into several hundred emails on the matter.
“And that strength of local opinion, along with parking stress and loss of amenity are the points that I have made to Bromley.”
Cllr .Bennett’s response has been posted on Virtual Norwood.
UPPER NORWOOD ward Croydon councillors are also opposing KICC’s latest plans.
In a letter to an objector Cllr Pat Ryan writes: ” I am delighted as one of the Upper Norwood Labour Councillors to support both your objection and all the other objections which have been forwarded and on to me by Upper Norwood residents and residents from neighbouring boroughs.
“This a most inappropriate planning application, and I have submitted my own objection also. “I have been a councillor in Upper Norwood for the past 22 years and have witnessed the ‘Triangle’ become a vibrant Crystal Palace district centre, with many thriving small business who employ many people.
“It also attracts thousands of shoppers and visitors every year. “This application would be most damaging to our community, and it is vital that this planning application is totally rejected once and for all time.”
Croydon Cllr John Wentworth (Lab. Upper Norwood): “Please be assured that as an Upper Norwood councillor, I am totally opposed to this development and will continue to support residents objections to this inappropriate change of use.”