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Qu’rani Murkaz Trust of South Woodford Community Centre has re-submitted plans for a mosque following previous refusal
A plan to build a mosque in South Woodford has been re-submitted four months after a controversial proposal was rejected.
The Qu’rani Murkaz Trust (QMT) is proposing to demolish its existing South Woodford Community Centre Mosque, in Mulberry Way, and erect a new three-storey building.
The development includes a ground floor prayer room, a community hall on the first floor and four residential flats on the second floor, but has resticted the overall height and removed the balconies after residents complained about a lack of privacy.
In December 2013, the original application was rejected following a tied vote in which planning committee chairman, councillor Robin Turberfield, refused permission.
Following more than 300 objections, the proposal was rejected on the grounds of its scale, density, mass and height and the design was considered not in keeping with the character of the area.
Imam Dr Mohamed Fahim, of the Trust, described the reasons for refusal as 'unconvincing', but the plans have now been revised.
The original facade has been changed, the flats have been re-arranged to improve privacy for neighbouring homes and the overall size of the third floor has been reduced.
The re-submission was received by Redbridge Council on March 31 and has so far received 13 objections, with people claiming the design is not in keeping with the area and will bring further parking congestion.
Members of the public have until April 21 to comment on the application.
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