229 Lower Clapton Road (Former Palace Pavilion / Cinema)

Application Number: 2011/3486 Applicant: Mary of Zion Ethiopion Orthodox ChurchDate Received: 13/12/2011Validation Date: 10/01/2012Full Planning ApplicationAgent: Adama Consulting LtdAddress: 229 Lower Clapton Road London E5Development Case Officer: Caroline OzorDescription: Change of use from night club (sui generis) to  a place of worship with ancillary youth and  community centre (class D1) and the erection of a two storey rear extension to create a 2bed key workers flat together with external alterations including the remodelling of thefront facade with new double entrance doors new windows and dome and installation of new windows doors and rooflights to the rear and side elevations. Opening hours 8 am to 10pm Monday to Sunday.”


  1. I have looked at planning application 2011/3486. Just what the Clapton Pond Conservation Area needs. A pastiche of a 1950s building, complete with a  front facade of coloured polycarbonate arch and dome, aluminium and uPVC windows and tinted glazed units with a battery of rooflights on the top. Look out Harlow – here we come!!

  2. If people want to object to this application it’s also worth signing this petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveourcinema/index.html

  3. Does anyone know what a valid objection would be?

  4. The application was passed at Planning Sub-Committee last week with some important conditions on retaining some internal features and more appropriate materials for the frontage that is in the Conservation Area. It was not an entirely uncontroversial passage through committee!

  5. seems like common sense has prevailed here. Hopefully everyone can now walk away with their heads held high. Further attempts to stop the church developing the property would be very unfortunate, and in my opinion counter-productive.

  6. Looks as though St Mary of Zion are raising funds for their works. Their website includes a selection of CGIs and model photos;St Mary of ZionSt Mary of ZionMore here.

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