Plans proposed by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) to build an 8000-seat Pentecostal church in east London have been turned down by Havering Council. The building project, estimated to cost £70m, was rejected on the grounds that the planned redevelopment would have caused too much congestion.
KICC was forced to vacate premises it operated from in Waterden Road, Hackney, east London, last September due to development for the 2012 Olympic Games. It currently functions from a building in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, east London.
KICC said it has spent £1.8m on architects and town planning consultants to come up with the design, which would have been spread over two levels and includes an office complex, crèche, gymnasium, dance studio and multi-storey car park.