South Woodford Mosque's controversial expansion plans rejected again

These plans were rejected last night.

These plans were rejected last night.

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Controversial plans to rebuild a South Woodford mosque were again rejected by councillors last night.

The plans to demolish the existing South Woodford Community Centre Mosque in Mulberry Way and build a three-storey building from scratch was rejected at a Redbridge council planning meeting in Sir James Hawkey Hall, in Broomhill Road, Woodford Green yesterday.

Two policemen attended the meeting and accompanied the people from both sides of the argument out afterwards due to reports of threats.

The plans were rejected by four votes to one with one abstention.

The Qu’rani Murkaz Trust (QMT) was hoping to build a ground floor prayer room, a community hall on the first floor and four residential flats on the second floor.

In December 2013 the original application was rejected following more than 300 objections on the grounds of its scale, density, mass and height, and the design was considered not in keeping with the character of the area.

More on this story in this week's Wanstead & Woodford Guardian - out Thursday. 

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8:31am Wed 2 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Ilford's attempt to spread their talons into South Woodford. Already doing with the shops and now this. May common sense prevail.
Ilford's attempt to spread their talons into South Woodford. Already doing with the shops and now this. May common sense prevail. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 11

10:23am Wed 2 Jul 14

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins says...

A couple of police officers were there but to claim that they were 'forced to attend because of tensions . . .' gives a very misleading impression. Certainly there are strong feelings on both sides about this issue but from where I was sitting, everyone who attended the meeting seemed to be behaving impeccably, as they did at the meeting when this matter was considered last December. All concerned have put considerable effort into ensuring that the issue is debated in a respectful manner and it is irresponsible to suggest otherwise.
A couple of police officers were there but to claim that they were 'forced to attend because of tensions . . .' gives a very misleading impression. Certainly there are strong feelings on both sides about this issue but from where I was sitting, everyone who attended the meeting seemed to be behaving impeccably, as they did at the meeting when this matter was considered last December. All concerned have put considerable effort into ensuring that the issue is debated in a respectful manner and it is irresponsible to suggest otherwise. Cllr Gwyneth Deakins
  • Score: 10

2:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

How It Is... says...

Started as a “taxi” office, then an Islamic bookshop, extended unlawfully, many, many times, all without planning permission, many complained the building was being used as a Mosque, then came the planning application for the whole site that had been unlawfully extended upon, not only do the Qu’rani Murkaz Trust want to build right out to the very edge of the previously unlawful footprint, they want to go totally against local long residing residents, and build three storeys up!!!

The committee noted that the height of the revised building had been reduced at one end by just 30cm, (12 inches in old money), when Councillors questioned car parking, and noted the Qu’rani Murkaz Trust leased a local car park from the council, and if this were to change, where would attendees park?

Clearly agitated, Dr Fahim, replied “this would be your fault, you will be judged on the day of judgement”

To which Cllr Deakins replied,...

“we will all be judged on the day of judgement, not just the council”

Councillors also questioned the number of attendees, currently 250 are allowed, and how this would in reality stay the same, if the available floor space doubled, there was also confusion over the first floor use, would this be a women’s prayer room, as per the revised plans, or a community centre..?

Taqiyya was clearly evident, when Dr Fahim gave assurances to the committee that despite doubling the available floor space, numbers attending would stay the same, and that the first floor would not be the women’s prayer room, as per the revised plans, but would instead be a community centre…

Residents hope the inspectorate will also see through the taqiyya
and tell Dr Fahim and the Qu’rani Murkaz Trust where to go…..
Started as a “taxi” office, then an Islamic bookshop, extended unlawfully, many, many times, all without planning permission, many complained the building was being used as a Mosque, then came the planning application for the whole site that had been unlawfully extended upon, not only do the Qu’rani Murkaz Trust want to build right out to the very edge of the previously unlawful footprint, they want to go totally against local long residing residents, and build three storeys up!!! The committee noted that the height of the revised building had been reduced at one end by just 30cm, (12 inches in old money), when Councillors questioned car parking, and noted the Qu’rani Murkaz Trust leased a local car park from the council, and if this were to change, where would attendees park? Clearly agitated, Dr Fahim, replied “this would be your fault, you will be judged on the day of judgement” To which Cllr Deakins replied,... “we will all be judged on the day of judgement, not just the council” Councillors also questioned the number of attendees, currently 250 are allowed, and how this would in reality stay the same, if the available floor space doubled, there was also confusion over the first floor use, would this be a women’s prayer room, as per the revised plans, or a community centre..? Taqiyya was clearly evident, when Dr Fahim gave assurances to the committee that despite doubling the available floor space, numbers attending would stay the same, and that the first floor would not be the women’s prayer room, as per the revised plans, but would instead be a community centre… Residents hope the inspectorate will also see through the taqiyya and tell Dr Fahim and the Qu’rani Murkaz Trust where to go….. How It Is...
  • Score: 6

7:38pm Sat 5 Jul 14

weknewit says...

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins wrote:
A couple of police officers were there but to claim that they were 'forced to attend because of tensions . . .' gives a very misleading impression. Certainly there are strong feelings on both sides about this issue but from where I was sitting, everyone who attended the meeting seemed to be behaving impeccably, as they did at the meeting when this matter was considered last December. All concerned have put considerable effort into ensuring that the issue is debated in a respectful manner and it is irresponsible to suggest otherwise.
I was there too and totally agree with you Ms Deakins. There were no threats or arguments whatsoever. I wonder which side the "threats" allegedly came from. Also noted was mosque supporters from Fulham (nice to know they are local) and Dr Fahim telling Cllr Stark that "he would regret this decision on the day of judgement" - how very disgusting of Dr Fahim to attempt to use religion and fear to get what he wants.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Gwyneth Deakins[/bold] wrote: A couple of police officers were there but to claim that they were 'forced to attend because of tensions . . .' gives a very misleading impression. Certainly there are strong feelings on both sides about this issue but from where I was sitting, everyone who attended the meeting seemed to be behaving impeccably, as they did at the meeting when this matter was considered last December. All concerned have put considerable effort into ensuring that the issue is debated in a respectful manner and it is irresponsible to suggest otherwise.[/p][/quote]I was there too and totally agree with you Ms Deakins. There were no threats or arguments whatsoever. I wonder which side the "threats" allegedly came from. Also noted was mosque supporters from Fulham (nice to know they are local) and Dr Fahim telling Cllr Stark that "he would regret this decision on the day of judgement" - how very disgusting of Dr Fahim to attempt to use religion and fear to get what he wants. weknewit
  • Score: 2

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