URGENT NEWS FROM PICTURE PALACE CAMPAIGN (PPC) AND CRYSTAL PALACE TRIANGLE PLANNING GROUP (CPTPG)
SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DO – BUT FIRST, THANK YOU FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
The Picture Palace Campaign would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been in touch with offers of support for the campaign and given us views on how the campaign should go forward. We have not forgotten you and we will be in touch directly very soon. Please bear with us!
We would also like to thank the huge number of people who came along to talk to us at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival in August.
Over 400 people took part in our survey at the Festival, which is fantastic! The feedback has been really positive and encouraged us to continue to campaign for a cinema in Crystal Palace, however long it takes.
An overwhelming majority of you told us that you want the campaign’s focus to remain on restoring a cinema at 25 Church Road because you recognise the heritage of the building and its potential if used correctly to be a key cultural anchor for the town centre, a fantastic vehicle for local meaning and identity, and a unique economic asset for Crystal Palace.
Over 70% also told us that you want the campaign to continue to object to Kingsway International Christian Centre’s (KICC) proposed uses for 25 Church Road because they fall outside of the D2 “Entertainment” planning use. You also told us that many of you would object too because together we fought hard to retain the entertainment use.
WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW!
KICC has applied to Bromley council for planning permission to carry out external works at 25 Church Road.
We all know that KICC has continually failed to consult or take any regard of our views or explore with us which D2 uses would “most benefit the whole community”, despite repeated requests.
We believe this failure to consult has contributed to KICC misunderstanding the importance and contribution of this landmark building to the Conservation Area and the town centre.
KICC’s proposals include making substantial and ill-considered alterations to the art deco facade of the building, alterations which in the words of Bromley’s Advisory Panel for Conservation Areas “fail to respect the architectural integrity of the building”.
KICC is also proposing to install a huge advertising hoarding on the side of the building which will also be detrimental to the integrity of the building and harm the conservation area.
25 Church Road is the best and only example in Crystal Palace of an art deco cinema. It has architectural and historical merit, particularly in its detailing. It is part of our shared heritage.