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Plans for former bingo hall rejected by councillors

PUBLISHED: 16:08 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:08 06 March 2015

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The application for a change of use included a place of worship

Councillors have rejected plans for a change of use in Anerley at a meeting of Bromley Council’s Plans Sub Committee last night (March 5).

The proposal sought to change the use of the former Bingo Hall building to a mixed use purpose. One of the new uses was for the building to be used as a place of worship and assembly and leisure facility. The proposal for 25 Church Road, Anerley was rejected.

The Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) application included opening hours of 8am – 11pm between Monday and Sunday, including bank holidays, with Church services on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings.

Richard Scoates, chairman of plans sub committee said: “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.”

The committee, in its rejection of the plan, also said 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 people attending the building would also affect parking capacity, with unsatisfactory parking and drop-off arrangements proposed.

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