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Local Garage Faces Closure Threat

A local Beckenham-based business might be forced to close its doors as a result of action being taken by the landlord, who is attempting to use the planning system to change the use of the building for other purposes.

Church Motor Company (CMC) has been in operation off Bromley Road in Beckenham for 11 years. They currently have four members of staff and enjoy an excellent reputation amongst the local community for carrying out a high quality and professional service. Their mechanics specialise in Italian and German vehicles, but they can conduct services and repairs on all makes and models. The business also operates from another site in Bromley on Lewes Road.

The building is owned by Beckenham Methodist Church, which is next door to CMC. The church has applied to the planning department to change the building’s use to class D1 for church use. Their application states that they require the additional space for community activities and storage.

Bromley Council originally rejected the proposal because it would result in the loss of the local business, but the church is appealing this decision. The two parties are also involved in a lease dispute that is going through the court system.

If you want to voice your objection to the proposal, you can contact the Planning Inspectorate by email at teamP7@pins.gsi.gov.uk. All correspondence should be addressed to Chris Nash and use Reference no. APP/G5180/W/15/3005164.

What are your views on the potential closure of CMC in Beckenham? Are you a customer of the business? How do you feel this will impact the local community?

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