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Final screening for former Seven Kings cinema

PUBLISHED: 18:39 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:39 04 March 2015

Developers want to demolish the Shannon Centre, which acts as a bar at the moment, and build a six-storey block of flats.

Developers want to demolish the Shannon Centre, which acts as a bar at the moment, and build a six-storey block of flats.

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Plans to knock down an “historic” building and replace it with a block of flats have been approved.

Developers are set to build a six-storey building of 32 flats, replacing the Shannon Centre in Cameron Road, Seven Kings.

The former cinema, which opened in 1914, is currently home to Berties nightclub, O’Connors bar and Rayyan Banqueting Lounge.

The plans will make way for 21 one-bedroom flats, nine two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom flats.

The application has attracted objections from residents citing concerns about traffic, light blockage and the loss of an historic building.

Peter Bennett, from Seven Kings, said: “The area is already densely populated and there is almost constant traffic congestion outside the station.”

Mozahid Uddin, from Seven Kings, said: “It will block all the light to my property. The demolition will cause noise and pollution and I do not want this.”

Paul Scott, from Seven Kings, said: “It has a lot of history and it’s a part of the area’s identity. It just wouldn’t add to the area.”

The planning application submitted by developers CCD1 Ltd includes plans to install two commercial units, basement parking and a communal roof terrace for occupants.

Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association chairman David Stephens said: “In its heyday it was a much used community facility and dance hall. In recent years it has become a source of nuisance for the local community with drunkenness and anti-social behaviour spilling out into the local roads. Its closure and redevelopment for residential purposes is welcomed.”

A council regulatory committee report responsded to the objections.

It states: “The loss of banqueting suite and nightclub is not considered on balance as loss of community facilities given the existing anti-social behaviour issues relating to the existing use and the significant wider benefits of the new residential development to environmental and regeneration improvements to the area.”


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