Massive Step Forward as Secretary of State Refuses Appeals from Mosque Trustees

Massive Step Forward as Secretary of State Refuses Appeals from Mosque Trustees

We are pleased to report that on October 28th the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government published his decision following the June 2014 planning appeal inquiry. He has refused all three appeals by the Tablighi Jamaat mosque trustees. Most importantly, he has dismissed their request to construct the "mega mosque" (with capacity for well over 9,000 worshippers) and ancillary facilities. He also refused their appeals against further temporary planning permission and an earlier enforcement notice. He did however extend the period of compliance to three months.

The main ground for refusal was that the proposal was contrary to Newham Council's planned purposes for this strategic site, which would lead to the loss of significant future housing provision.

This is fantastic news and we are very grateful to all who have been supporting us over this long campaign. Alan Craig has commented that the result is particularly good for the people of West Ham; whole lives would have been deeply affected by the construction of such an enormous mono-cultural complex, one which has caused deep divisions in the community.

The mosque trustees can still challenge the decision on a point of law, for which the permission of the High Court would be required. Our understanding is that, should permission be refused, there is no further right of appeal on this proposal.

Links to first Sunday Telegraph article, and one from Newham Recorder:

Separately and since the main decision has been published, we understand that a detective involved with investigating the 7/7 bombings is convinced that there was a link between those bombings and the mega-mosque proposals. He believes that the suicide bombers originally intended to set off their devices on 6.7, the day on which the Olympic Committee was examining London's bid for the 2012 Olympics and by that means derail the bid, in the hope of easing the mosque's construction.

Link to second Sunday Telegraph article
We hope to report soon that the mosque trustees have not made a High Court challenge.

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