Plan to demolish Theatre Church in Astley Bridge will be debated by council's planning committee

The Theatre Church and Paul Cohen, chairman of Bolton Amateur Theatre Societies

The Theatre Church and Paul Cohen, chairman of Bolton Amateur Theatre Societies

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PLANS to demolish the former Theatre Church and build nine houses on the site will be debated by councillors — following a raft of objections to the proposals.

The application to build the family houses in Seymour Road, Astley Bridge, will now be discussed by the council’s planning committee on Thursday, September 25.

Owners of the former Theatre Church, now Crystal Theatre, Function and Wedding Halls, want to demolish the building to make way for the development.

It was originally due to be approved by the council, under delegated powers, but will now be discussed by councillors after a number of objections were received.

A council spokesman said: “As we have now received representations objecting to the application and a request from councillors that the application be determined by the planning committee, the intention is that the application will be presented to committee at the meeting on September 25.

“On this basis, the consultation period has been extended until September 5 and people can still submit comments. The officer report and recommendation will not be finalised until Wednesday, September 17.”

The council’s planning team sent 34 letters to residents in the area to consult on the application.

In summer 2012, the building’s owners, Bolton Methodist Circuit, sold it for £500,000 to be run as a wedding venue by four directors — Amjad Kulasi, Aysha Bapu, Amna Pervez and Aadil Razzaq.

The applicant and agent, Mr A Kulasi and RA Design and Project Management, Chorley New Road, say the building is not financially viable due to structural defects and the need for substantial, costly repairs.

They consulted the London-based Theatres Trust on the application, which raised no objection.

Mr Kulasi said more than 100 people living in the area signed a petition in support of the application. Some residents living in the area have welcomed plans for the six semi-detatched and three town houses as it would relieve traffic and parking problems at the venu.

Paul Cohen, chairman of Bolton Amateur Theatre Societies, said: “We are pleased because at least it means it’s a chance to air our views on the process and come up with a structured response.”

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8:18am Tue 19 Aug 14

The Squire In Residence says...

100 in support already - that's a lot of Patels and Khans in one area!
100 in support already - that's a lot of Patels and Khans in one area! The Squire In Residence
  • Score: 19

8:29am Tue 19 Aug 14

marco999 says...

Why weren't these so called 'structural defects' discovered in the surveys back when the building was bought in 2012? If I were spending half a million on a building I'm sure I would want to know whether or not that building was going to stay standing for more than a couple of years. This whole thing smells rotten.
Why weren't these so called 'structural defects' discovered in the surveys back when the building was bought in 2012? If I were spending half a million on a building I'm sure I would want to know whether or not that building was going to stay standing for more than a couple of years. This whole thing smells rotten. marco999
  • Score: 15

9:13am Tue 19 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Kicked into the long grass or appeals until after the next Election, IF they are Elected again it will get approved. Lets make sure they are not Elected again.
Kicked into the long grass or appeals until after the next Election, IF they are Elected again it will get approved. Lets make sure they are not Elected again. thomas222
  • Score: 9

10:12am Tue 19 Aug 14

BlueRay79 says...

So, some papers will get shuffled and it will be passed.
So, some papers will get shuffled and it will be passed. BlueRay79
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Tue 19 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

So now parking is a problem, it wasn't when they bought it. And how did they get permission to use it at a venue if parking and traffic was or is an issue.
So now parking is a problem, it wasn't when they bought it. And how did they get permission to use it at a venue if parking and traffic was or is an issue. JustBecause
  • Score: 6

5:44pm Tue 19 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

Well we run out of churches so that's me having a lie in on sunday... Turning this into a mosque to?
Well we run out of churches so that's me having a lie in on sunday... Turning this into a mosque to? AndyMorton
  • Score: -2

9:14pm Tue 19 Aug 14

smiley111 says...

can anyone actually find the planning application? i cant see it on the bolton planning website
can anyone actually find the planning application? i cant see it on the bolton planning website smiley111
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

smiley111 says...

smiley111 wrote:
can anyone actually find the planning application? i cant see it on the bolton planning website
its ok ive found it now!
[quote][p][bold]smiley111[/bold] wrote: can anyone actually find the planning application? i cant see it on the bolton planning website[/p][/quote]its ok ive found it now! smiley111
  • Score: 0

12:39am Wed 20 Aug 14

united99 says...

The Squire In Residence wrote:
100 in support already - that's a lot of Patels and Khans in one area!
It's called unity....
[quote][p][bold]The Squire In Residence[/bold] wrote: 100 in support already - that's a lot of Patels and Khans in one area![/p][/quote]It's called unity.... united99
  • Score: 2

12:41am Wed 20 Aug 14

united99 says...

The Squire In Residence wrote:
100 in support already - that's a lot of Patels and Khans in one area!
No use crying about it now should have thought about it before you sold it - the place was dead long time ago.
They have my vote they can do what they want it's their money.
[quote][p][bold]The Squire In Residence[/bold] wrote: 100 in support already - that's a lot of Patels and Khans in one area![/p][/quote]No use crying about it now should have thought about it before you sold it - the place was dead long time ago. They have my vote they can do what they want it's their money. united99
  • Score: 2

8:00pm Wed 20 Aug 14

LoveBolton says...

Mr Cohens got a b in his bonnet. Grow up Mr Cohen if you wanted to keep this so called heritage building you should have made the church a better offer. The church new that building was a lost cause so sold it for the best price as you would and have used that money towards building a purpose built church and I say good for them. This building is coming down if you like it or not. You ve got support from people outside the area the locals dont have a problem and no it's not the Patels and Khans. The support is clearly from people who dont really care and are just clearly not happy because Asians have brought the building. Like mentioned before buy the building back from them. BN saying you have support from people so let see who will put there hands in there pockets.
Mr Cohens got a b in his bonnet. Grow up Mr Cohen if you wanted to keep this so called heritage building you should have made the church a better offer. The church new that building was a lost cause so sold it for the best price as you would and have used that money towards building a purpose built church and I say good for them. This building is coming down if you like it or not. You ve got support from people outside the area the locals dont have a problem and no it's not the Patels and Khans. The support is clearly from people who dont really care and are just clearly not happy because Asians have brought the building. Like mentioned before buy the building back from them. BN saying you have support from people so let see who will put there hands in there pockets. LoveBolton
  • Score: 1

8:07pm Wed 20 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

LoveBolton wrote:
Mr Cohens got a b in his bonnet. Grow up Mr Cohen if you wanted to keep this so called heritage building you should have made the church a better offer. The church new that building was a lost cause so sold it for the best price as you would and have used that money towards building a purpose built church and I say good for them. This building is coming down if you like it or not. You ve got support from people outside the area the locals dont have a problem and no it's not the Patels and Khans. The support is clearly from people who dont really care and are just clearly not happy because Asians have brought the building. Like mentioned before buy the building back from them. BN saying you have support from people so let see who will put there hands in there pockets.
There is only asians got the money and the in to get anything they want building from planning.
[quote][p][bold]LoveBolton[/bold] wrote: Mr Cohens got a b in his bonnet. Grow up Mr Cohen if you wanted to keep this so called heritage building you should have made the church a better offer. The church new that building was a lost cause so sold it for the best price as you would and have used that money towards building a purpose built church and I say good for them. This building is coming down if you like it or not. You ve got support from people outside the area the locals dont have a problem and no it's not the Patels and Khans. The support is clearly from people who dont really care and are just clearly not happy because Asians have brought the building. Like mentioned before buy the building back from them. BN saying you have support from people so let see who will put there hands in there pockets.[/p][/quote]There is only asians got the money and the in to get anything they want building from planning. thomas222
  • Score: 0
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