Great Result In Dagenham !

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A brilliant result in Dagenham, Essex.

Local residents were horrified last year when an application for a “Community Centre and Place of Worship sneaked through ,and was granted a years “trial run” permission.

They had to wait a year to oppose a new application , to remove the temporary conditions and grant permanent permission.

http://paplan.lbbd.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do;jsessionid=4C8543B3CD0E2D1008D9F68B3E944F00?action=firstPage

After two months of hard work , the application was refused.

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Congratulations to all involved , a great result for the local community. Just shows what you can achieve !!

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How To Fight Mosque Planning Applications 101- Chapter Five…….What Happens Next ?

Welcome the final page.

If you lost at the Planning Hearing , there`s not much you can do ! You have no right of appeal , and unless you have 30k to fund a Judicial Review (and have evidence that the council acted illegally)…it`s over. Lick your wounds , have a pint and get ready for the next fight ! One positive note is that the applicants only have 3 years to start the work , after that they must reapply….so keep watching the site.

If you won at the Planning Hearing…congratulations !! Once you have sobered up , you should be aware that the applicants can appeal or resubmit !

Planning appeals are heard by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol (and gets assigned a new reference number). The Inspectorate can over turn your council`s decision (don`t assume they will). Normally the applicants would have up to 5 months to start this process , and it may take 7 months or more to conclude. Keep monitoring the council website for details of any appeals , or you could phone the Planning Department. If it does go to appeal , you can then comment or write to the Case Officer in Bristol. Use your facebook page to publicise the appeal.

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Be warned that the Planning Inspectorate website is crap , and antiquated

Very occasionally the applicants may resubmit. The new application must be significantly different to previous submissions , the Planning Officers are very strict. So keep checking the Planning Applications.

Well done for seeing it through to the end. It`s a great feeling when you win , and shit when you lose. You may have to chalk a few up to experience , but it`s worth it !

Good luck !!

How To Fight Mosque Planning Applications 101- Chapter Four…….The Planning Hearing.

Well done for reaching this stage !

Once the agenda is announced , you`ll need to do a bit of prep work:-

  • Register your speaker(s) with the Democratic Services Officer.
  • Help write the speeches , remember you may only get 2 minutes….so make sure all the key points get included.
  • It`s considered to be disrespectful to the Chair if you over run , so a few timed rehearsals are always a good idea.
  • Do not include non planning objections…especially race or religion !
  • Consider speaking to the local press before the hearing , but try not to give the applicants too much info about your objections.
  • Study the Case Officers report , you may have to shoot down some of their arguments ! Here`s an example.
    http://democracy.tendringdc.gov.uk/akstendring/images/att1396.pdf

It`s a public hearing , so get plenty of people there….the applicants will. At a number of recent hearings , the applicants have tried to intimidate speakers and supporters. Make sure your speakers are safe!

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Normally the Case Officer will speak first , followed by the:-

  • Objectors.
  • The applicant or his agent.
  • Local councilors , who have an unlimited time to speak.

The Planning Committee will then discuss the case , and vote. The decision will be approve or refuse.

Hopefully you`ll get the right result , unless you are able to fund a Judicial Review….you have no right of appeal (unlike the applicant).