‘Other plans will be considered’ after bid to demolish Seven Kings church thrown out

The superintendent of a church in Seven Kings which had its redevelopment plans rejected by Redbridge Council, has said other ideas will now be looked at.

Steve Poole, from Seven Kings Methodist Church, Balmoral Gardens said he would not be appealing against the decision made earlier this month.

The plans included demolishing the church to make way for a smaller church with flats and a caf�.

Mr Poole said: “We are going to ask the local authority as to why they have refused the planning permission – they have suddenly classed it as a land make building.”

One of the factors in deciding to redevelop the site was poor disabled access and low congregation numbers on Sundays.

“Sometimes it’s cheaper to demolish and start again than to make alterations to the building,” he added. “Other plans will be considered.”

The plans were met with opposition from members of the community with a petition gaining about 2,000 signatures.

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Mr Poole said: “The church has been quite moved and grateful for the interest shown by the local community.”