Developer defends decision to release mosque image

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The artist's impression of what the mosque would like like in High Street, Wanstead The artist's impression of what the mosque would like like in High Street, Wanstead

A developer has denied he is scaremongering by releasing an artist’s impression of an alternative proposal for mosque on green space he wants to build houses on.

Dalbir Singh Sanger's motives for releasing the artist's impression of the large place of worship on the Evergreen Field in Wanstead site were questioned last week when it was noticed the building bore a striking resemblance to an existing mosque in Beirut.

Mr Sanger is facing a battle to gain approval for homes on the High Street site, amid local opposition and council restrictions.

But  insists the mosque proposal is genuine, saying he has been approached by an interested party in the Middle East which wants to purchase the site.

However, he has refused to reveal why he decided to release the image.

Mr Sanger said: "This is not a scare tactic. The buyer and his offer are genuine.

"We have no plans to enter an application for a place of worship.

"The image is what it is. That’s what the buyer gave me. The actual application may differ.

"If the worse comes to the worse we will wash our hands of the land, but I will not be disclosing any further information about the buyer in case it jeopardises any future deals.

"I maintain the fact that our first and main objective is to work with the local people to build a low key development."

A number of people posting on the Guardian website criticised the decision to release the image.

One commentator, Richard Arnopp, of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands, agreed the artist's impression closely resembled the Mohammad al Amin Mosque in Beirut.

He said: "I don’t think releasing the image has done (Mr Sanger) any favours if he is trying to get the public on his side.

"It has made him look rather silly."

Mr Sanger is yet to submit an application for seven houses, two flats and two shops for the site, which has been fenced off for a number of years.

The Wanstead Society, which has applied for permission to open the site up for community use, had applied for the land to be formally listed as a community asset to give it further protection.

The bid was unsuccessful but Redbridge Council insists the site cannot be built on under current green space policy.

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5:31pm Tue 19 Feb 13

NDevoto says...

So it was going to be a "mosque" last week but now, not ever a "place of worship "
according to the latest incoherent words from the owners. Do they actually realise how stupid they sound everytime they make a public statement?

And unlike the headline, they've not actually denied it was a hoaxed image nor proved otherwise.
So it was going to be a "mosque" last week but now, not ever a "place of worship " according to the latest incoherent words from the owners. Do they actually realise how stupid they sound everytime they make a public statement? And unlike the headline, they've not actually denied it was a hoaxed image nor proved otherwise. NDevoto

7:25pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Clear Thinking says...

If the developer genuinely didn't want to jeopardise the overseas buyer, why did he even release this picture or make any statement about a mosque or "place or worship"?

When you look at the out of scale "artist's impression" you have to wonder whether the developer's "consulant" should be taking any fees from his client for the advice he's giving (although so far he has given us all a laugh)!
If the developer genuinely didn't want to jeopardise the overseas buyer, why did he even release this picture or make any statement about a mosque or "place or worship"? When you look at the out of scale "artist's impression" you have to wonder whether the developer's "consulant" should be taking any fees from his client for the advice he's giving (although so far he has given us all a laugh)! Clear Thinking

7:53pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

'But Mr Sanger insisted the mosque proposal was credible.

He said: “This is not a scare tactic. The buyer and his offer are genuine.

“We have no plans to enter an application for a place of worship.

“The image is what it is. That’s what the buyer gave me. The actual application may differ'

He is talking utter tosh again (by the way Sir, I am still waiting for my Writ).

They will not put a Planning Application as it will cost them a substantial amount of money and it has no legs to stand on.

They cannot disclose anything because it is all hot air without substance.

It is a scare tactic because he had only just made a pretty picture of a housing estate with a swing park on his printer (what else did you get for Christmas?) and published the same in the Guardian Local. He must think people are bonkers.

Let us not forget this classic opening volley on 16th October 2012

"If worse comes to worse we will grow our own vegetables there. There are so many things that we can do there which will be an eyesore to local people."

What did he mean by this? Try and get a Mosque maybe?

Actually, nothing wrong with vegetables

But I think he is mixing ones 'Five a day' with Five Planning Proposals a day?

He has not submitted a planning application for the Housing Estate either. He knows he has not a cats chance and will lose his Planning Fee overnight.
'But Mr Sanger insisted the mosque proposal was credible. He said: “This is not a scare tactic. The buyer and his offer are genuine. “We have no plans to enter an application for a place of worship. “The image is what it is. That’s what the buyer gave me. The actual application may differ' He is talking utter tosh again (by the way Sir, I am still waiting for my Writ). They will not put a Planning Application as it will cost them a substantial amount of money and it has no legs to stand on. They cannot disclose anything because it is all hot air without substance. It is a scare tactic because he had only just made a pretty picture of a housing estate with a swing park on his printer (what else did you get for Christmas?) and published the same in the Guardian Local. He must think people are bonkers. Let us not forget this classic opening volley on 16th October 2012 "If worse comes to worse we will grow our own vegetables there. There are so many things that we can do there which will be an eyesore to local people." What did he mean by this? Try and get a Mosque maybe? Actually, nothing wrong with vegetables But I think he is mixing ones 'Five a day' with Five Planning Proposals a day? He has not submitted a planning application for the Housing Estate either. He knows he has not a cats chance and will lose his Planning Fee overnight. Cornbeefur

8:33pm Tue 19 Feb 13

SXH says...

"We have no plans to enter an application for a place of worship"

This is what Dalco said in last report.
By Dalco Developments

The image has been released by Dalco Developments, which owns the plot known as Evergreen Field in High Street, Wanstead.

The company hopes to build homes on the site, but has said it may be forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer, which hopes to build the place of worship, if opposition to its plans continue

Surely he is jeopardising his clients by entering an open discussion as he did, as they have not really decided what they are building.
"We have no plans to enter an application for a place of worship" This is what Dalco said in last report. By Dalco Developments The image has been released by Dalco Developments, which owns the plot known as Evergreen Field in High Street, Wanstead. The company hopes to build homes on the site, but has said it may be forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer, which hopes to build the place of worship, if opposition to its plans continue Surely he is jeopardising his clients by entering an open discussion as he did, as they have not really decided what they are building. SXH

1:03am Wed 20 Feb 13

Trevor 2 says...

'Forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer'. Why?
'Forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer'. Why? Trevor 2

10:34am Wed 20 Feb 13

SXH says...

Trevor 2 wrote:
'Forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer'. Why?
Threat childish games, if he cannot have his toys.
[quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: 'Forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer'. Why?[/p][/quote]Threat childish games, if he cannot have his toys. SXH

10:49am Wed 20 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

SXH wrote:
Trevor 2 wrote:
'Forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer'. Why?
Threat childish games, if he cannot have his toys.
He will squeem and squeem again.
[quote][p][bold]SXH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: 'Forced to sell to a Middle Eastern buyer'. Why?[/p][/quote]Threat childish games, if he cannot have his toys.[/p][/quote]He will squeem and squeem again. Cornbeefur

1:09am Thu 7 Mar 13

MissInterpretation says...

@Trevor. Funny and so spot on!!

Oh, how I laughed when I read the article. Does that idiot man think that we're threatened by all this? He's just dug himself into a deep hole. Poor stupid twit has just made things MUCH harder for himself. He probably stood a decent chance in getting some kind of compromise BEFORE he threw the Mosque threat into the mix.
How very childish and typical of an uneducated wannabe "developer" who thinks that just coz he's made a "Bob or two" painting up a few buy to sell flats...he can start spouting drivel blackmail to the Wansteadites.

Personally, I'm going to sit back and watch the circus..and enjoy the experience watching him fail miserably.
@Trevor. Funny and so spot on!! Oh, how I laughed when I read the article. Does that idiot man think that we're threatened by all this? He's just dug himself into a deep hole. Poor stupid twit has just made things MUCH harder for himself. He probably stood a decent chance in getting some kind of compromise BEFORE he threw the Mosque threat into the mix. How very childish and typical of an uneducated wannabe "developer" who thinks that just coz he's made a "Bob or two" painting up a few buy to sell flats...he can start spouting drivel blackmail to the Wansteadites. Personally, I'm going to sit back and watch the circus..and enjoy the experience watching him fail miserably. MissInterpretation

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