A property developers plan to turn a Mayfair townhouse next to a church into a 24 hour casino has been thrown out by Westminster Council.
The councillors voted to reject a proposal to convert the grade II listed Victorian former stable block in brick Street into an exclusive members only gambling venue.
Property firm Fenton Whelan had angered worshippers at neighbouring Christ Church Mayfair, who claimed noise from a proposed roof terrace would infringe their “right to Worship”.
A letter from the church was said: “There would be significant increase in noise, disruption and loss of quiet enjoyment both to church and nearby residents”.
The proposal to make a casino was turned down by a planning Sub Committee, which agreed the casino would harm the experience of Churchgoers.
The Planning expert said that: “It seems a bit odd. A casino seems quite low profile compared with all the bars and restaurants nearby.”