6 December 2012
A planning application for a massive mosque in West Ham has been refused planning permission. The missionary Muslim group Tablighi Jamaat had been waitin g for years to build a mosque in West Ham. But some Christian groups have been campaigning against the mosque.
Local Councillors finally agreed with Newham planning officers that the proposed design was not appropriate and refused it, saying it did not fit with their vision of bringing housing and jobs to the area.
Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, said today:
‘We give thanks to God that councillors agreed with their planning officers last night despite massive pressure from Muslims supporting the proposal.
‘The battle is far from over and the focus of our prayer must now shift to Bristol and the appeals process. But the unanimous vote and what appear to have been robust grounds for refusal were welcome at this stage.’
Controversial plans to build Europe’s biggest mosque close to the London Olympics site have been halted.
Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic sect behind the proposal, is to be evicted this week from the East London site, where it has been operating illegally a temporary mosque and had planned a complex that would accommodate 12,000 worshippers.
The Muslim organization Minhaj-ul-Quran welcomed the move.
Minhaj-ul-Quran advises the Government on how to combat youth radicalization, and said that a mosque should be a “community effort” and not the initiative of one group with extremist links.
However, Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “We would hope that they will be able to work in cooperation with the local council if they wish to set up a mosque in the area. Tablighi Jamaat has no ties to terrorism. They have been subjected to some unfair coverage.”
Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic missionary group plans to open a madrasa for 500 boys near London’s 2012 Olympic village. The school will be part of an 18 acre complex that includes a visitor and conference centre and a new entrance to West Ham tube station. A submission to planning authorities is some months away but the scheme has attracted much criticism, with more than 270,000 people signing a Downing Street petition opposing it.