New Muslim community centre in Walthamstow recommended for approval

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Plans to open a new Muslim cultural centre have been recommended for approval.

The bid, to convert and extend an empty shop and flat in Higham Hill Road, Walthamstow, is set to go to a vote of the council's planning committee on Tuesday.

It includes proposals for a bookshop at the front of the building and a single-storey rear extension to provide space for a variety of classes.

Plans for a similar but larger cultural centre were rejected last year amid concerns about the scale of the development.

During a consultation one neighbour objected to the plans, citing fears about the impact on parking and saying there were already other similar facilities nearby.

But 32 people sent letters and emails in support of the application, 23 of which were from residents living close by.

They said it would help boost local businesses and that there was not a community centre like it in the area.

Council officers have recommended the plans be approved as long as the capacity of the centre be limited to 20 people at any one time, which they say would limit any problems with parking.

A report by officers said: "consideration of this application is primarily a matter of balancing the harm the use might cause to nearby residents against the evident need for this facility."

It adds: "As far as officers have been able to identify within a radius of 400
metres of the site, the only properties with community-type uses are
two schools and three places of worship.

"None of these cater for the Muslim community.

"There would therefore seem to be a need for this facility in this area and the representations received in support of this scheme bear this out."

In November 2011 Waltham Forest Council issued an enforcement notice on the site following complaints it was illegally being used as a place of worship and education centre.

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10:05am Sat 2 Feb 13

Trevor 2 says...

Akram at it again?
Akram at it again? Trevor 2
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12:42pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Walthamster says...

"the only properties with community-type uses are two schools and three places of worship. None of these cater for the Muslim community."

Schools are open to all religions.
"the only properties with community-type uses are two schools and three places of worship. None of these cater for the Muslim community." Schools are open to all religions. Walthamster
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4:16pm Sat 2 Feb 13

MonFar says...

Walthamster wrote:
"the only properties with community-type uses are two schools and three places of worship. None of these cater for the Muslim community."

Schools are open to all religions.
I'm pretty sure you would not find many provisions for the learning of the Koran, Islamic History, Hadith (sayings of the Prphet) and other such things which are important to Muslims and is best learned from those who are most qualified in the field.

Now if you did find such things in schools, you'd see a constant rant from the likes of the EDL.
[quote][p][bold]Walthamster[/bold] wrote: "the only properties with community-type uses are two schools and three places of worship. None of these cater for the Muslim community." Schools are open to all religions.[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure you would not find many provisions for the learning of the Koran, Islamic History, Hadith (sayings of the Prphet) and other such things which are important to Muslims and is best learned from those who are most qualified in the field. Now if you did find such things in schools, you'd see a constant rant from the likes of the EDL. MonFar
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1:20pm Sun 3 Feb 13

BruceG says...

So, to get this straight, the unlawful use of these premises by this group resulted in an enforcement order.

The same authority's officers is now recommending that this group is now rewarded.

Odd that unlawful activity gets rewarded. Can we all join in?
So, to get this straight, the unlawful use of these premises by this group resulted in an enforcement order. The same authority's officers is now recommending that this group is now rewarded. Odd that unlawful activity gets rewarded. Can we all join in? BruceG
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5:51pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Walthamster says...

BruceG wrote:
So, to get this straight, the unlawful use of these premises by this group resulted in an enforcement order.

The same authority's officers is now recommending that this group is now rewarded.

Odd that unlawful activity gets rewarded. Can we all join in?
I overlooked the last paragraph when I first commented -- thanks for noticing this, BruceG.

I'm getting seriously worried about the way the planning process is skewed in this borough.

Azal Akram has just been found guilty of trying to influence the planning process in favour of another mosque application:
http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/news/10
182503.Labour_to_dec
ide_chief_whip_s_pun
ishment_for_planning
_fix_attempt/

Worshippers at Chingford Masjid in Chingford Mount Road are demanding permission to expand, and meanwhile causing a nuisance to neighbours by overspilling onto the pavement:
http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/news/99
14394.CHINGFORD__Mos
que_launches_second_
expansion_bid/

Cllr Akram had earlier tried to intervene in this expansion too:
http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/news/89
93502.CHINGFORD__Sen
ior_councillor_silen
t_over_mosque_interv
ention/
[quote][p][bold]BruceG[/bold] wrote: So, to get this straight, the unlawful use of these premises by this group resulted in an enforcement order. The same authority's officers is now recommending that this group is now rewarded. Odd that unlawful activity gets rewarded. Can we all join in?[/p][/quote]I overlooked the last paragraph when I first commented -- thanks for noticing this, BruceG. I'm getting seriously worried about the way the planning process is skewed in this borough. Azal Akram has just been found guilty of trying to influence the planning process in favour of another mosque application: http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/10 182503.Labour_to_dec ide_chief_whip_s_pun ishment_for_planning _fix_attempt/ Worshippers at Chingford Masjid in Chingford Mount Road are demanding permission to expand, and meanwhile causing a nuisance to neighbours by overspilling onto the pavement: http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/99 14394.CHINGFORD__Mos que_launches_second_ expansion_bid/ Cllr Akram had earlier tried to intervene in this expansion too: http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/news/89 93502.CHINGFORD__Sen ior_councillor_silen t_over_mosque_interv ention/ Walthamster
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