The long running saga that was the Mega Mosque is finally over. The Secretary of State For Communities has ruled that :-
The appeal against the refusal for outline permission is dismissed.
The planning application for an extension to the temporary use permission is dismissed and refused.
The appeal against the LBN enforcement to restore ownership and clear the site is dismissed.
This leaves the Trustees of the Riverine Centre just 6 weeks to lodge grounds for a Judicial Review or vacate the site by 29/01/2016.
The story was originally leaked by the Sunday Telegraph , but the 146 page report is now available to view via the Planning Inspectorate Site
Local residents are overjoyed , people power strikes again.
Tremendous news from Dudley in the West Midlands. Dudley Council has won a legal battle over land earmarked for a replacement mosque in the town.
The Court of Appeal unanimously ruled in favour of the council over its bid to buy back the land in Hall Street from the Dudley Muslim Association.
The ruling brings the long-running legal dispute to an end as three top judges have ordered the DMA to transfer the land back to the council in January next year.
The Court of Appeal is yet to rule on the exact court costs the DMA will be forced to pay out after losing its legal bid. Dudley Council confirmed in May that it had paid out £213,000 at that stage in legal costs associated with the court action , the final total could be as high as £750,000. Of course the amount awarded is at the discretion of the panel of esteemed judges.
Some people just never take the hint , no means no.
Chalk another victory up to people power !!