Church ‘illegally’ using Chadwell Heath office allowed to stay

The church had been meeting Chadwell Heath without planning permission

The church had been meeting Chadwell Heath without planning permission - Credit: Archant

A church which had been meeting in a Chadwell Heath office without planning permission has been allowed to stay.

Kingdom Power Bible Church has used LCCM House in Chadwell Heath Industrial Park, Kemp Road, for the past four years, and have now been granted retrospective planning permission to change the building’s use to a place of worship and community centre after councillors voted unanimously at a development control board meeting on Monday night.

The building was originally used as an ancillary office for Barton’s Bakery but has been operating as Christian centre since 2006, with Life Changing Christian Ministries using the building until 2011.

In addition to its primary function as a 70-strong congregation church, the centre operates an after-school club and a food bank, and is also involved with youth rehabilitation work.

As part of the agreement, the building can only be used between 7am and 10pm, while first-floor windows and fire escape doors have to be closed whenever electronic amplification is used in the multi-purpose hall.

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