A long running dispute over a mosque application in Sutton has reached a surprising conclusion.
Controversial blueprints for a mosque in Worcester Park have been unexpectedly scrapped in favour of plans for flats. The application to turn a former bank in Green Lane into a place of worship was first submitted in 2012, sparking a long planning saga. The Planning Inspectorate in Bristol finally approved a four-year trial of the mosque in May 2015 following appeals, and stern opposition from local residents.
But on February 2, Sutton Council received a new planning application from Danish Hanif for five flats at the same address. This has left local councillors both angry and relieved.
Paul Wingfield, Worcester Park councillor, said: “It’s quite funny that after such a long process the application has been pulled. At the same time, though, it has made me angry because the sheer length of the to-and-throw will have cost Sutton tax payers a lot of money, and it seems like it is all for nothing.”
The smart money is on a new site for the mosque. We are watching.