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Application to transform disused Gravesend cinema into flats with workspace


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Plans to build 53 flats on the site of a former cinema have been submitted.

The application would see 11 King Street in Gravesend, which used to house the EMD Cinema, repurposed into six flats with a "workhub" on the ground floor.

The derelict cinema could be transformed into flats with a workspace. Picture: Google Maps
The derelict cinema could be transformed into flats with a workspace. Picture: Google Maps

If approved, a nine-storey building containing 47 apartments will also be constructed at the rear of the property.

Applicants Lali Enterprises Ltd hope to include 22 car parking spaces, four disability spaces and 54 cycle spaces.

There is also scope for refuse and recycling storage with private and communal amenity spaces.

The cinema first opened in 1931, named Majestic, before it was bought and renamed in 1963 to ABC.

In 1972, the large viewing hall was converted into three smaller rooms before it was taken over a further four times between 1986 and 1995.

The application is being considered by Gravesham council planning officers
The application is being considered by Gravesham council planning officers

The United Church of the Kingdom of God took over the building in 2002 and used the site as a community centre up until 2006.

In 2009 a large fire destroyed the auditorium roof and the majority of the building, apart from the front elevation which can be seen from King's Street.

The application is pending consideration.

A public notice has been published as the proposed development will affect the appearance of the Gravesend conservation area.

Anyone wishing to make representations about this application should do so by writing to Wendy Lane, assistant director at the Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU, by Friday, May 21.

You must quote the application number 20210453.

To see more, visit www.kentonline.co.uk/advertise/public-notices/

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