Controversial Finborough Theatre redevelopment goes to appeal

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The controversial planning application to renovate the above section of the Finborough Theatre have come up for appeal.

The proposal (which follows three previously rejected planning applications) has been under attack by Finborough personnel and local residents since August 2015.

Fans of the Earls Court venue, including theatre trustee Matthew Linfoot, formally objected to planning and have expressed concerns over the theatre’s future.

According to Neil McPherson, artistic director at the Finborough Theatre: “The freeholder is seeking to develop flats directly above the theatre auditorium itself, changing their current use from residential bedrooms to a self contained flat including kitchen, bathroom and living area. The application in various forms has already been rejected by the Council on a number of occasions and by the Planning Inspectorate at Appeal.”

The last three applications from the freeholder, Anil Khosla & Associates, have been rejected due to concerns over design and noise control.

The most recent application has been amended so as to meet the required criteria outlined in the planning legislation.

Neil McPherson adds: “Whilst the new application deals with noise issues to some extent, we remain profoundly concerned that the redevelopment will lead to such noise issues for us that it will be untenable to continue as a working theatre.

“We are also concerned by the disruption that the building work may cause to running the theatre.  It’s quite likely that the application will be approved unless we act by objecting on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Planning Applications website.”

If you would like to object, please visit http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/comment and quote PINS’ Ref: App/K5600/W/16/3145538

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