Sunday, 8 July 2012

EMD Appeal objections - correction

The deadline for objections to the UCKG appeal is slightly later than posted on June 24th: it's actually 5pm Monday July 9th. Objections to this appeal, which need a planning basis, go to the  Planning Inspectorate. You can find suggestions to include in your objection on the Save Walthamstow Cinema campaign pages.  The Inspectorate will take account of the views of local residents in its decision, so the more local people who respond the better.

You can email your objection to:
or you can drop it in at the town hall:

Development Management, 
Sycamore House, 
Town Hall Complex, 
Forest Road, London E17 4JS 

If you're not familiar with the history of this campaign the Waltham Forest Guardian summarised the background:
  • The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) bought and closed the listed cinema in 2003, and has been trying to get permission to convert it for religious use ever since.
  • The UCKG's bid was refused by the council last year and an appeal against that decision was due to be heard by the government's planning inspectorate in June.
  • The council planning committee rejected the application partly because it contained no provision for the loss of leisure use at the site.
  • But now the UCKG has amended its application for the building in Hoe Street to include a church, training centre, cafe and six screen cinema.
  • The planning inspectorate has said the alterations are so extensive that the UCKG must re-apply for permission from the council within the next month.

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