This is a new application for an existing approval featured previously on this site. An update on the story can be found here:-
Please could you help local residents by objecting to the new application here:-
What to say when you object:-
The proposed development is far too large and overbearing in terms of mass and scale.
The proposed development does not match local architecture and construction materials.
The proposed development does not promote or enhance local character and distinctiveness.In particular the proposed development will have a serious impact on the Grecian Mill complex, which has a Grade II listing. “Where a proposed development will lead to substantial harm to or total loss of significance of a designated heritage asset, local planning authorities should refuse permission (NPPF)”
The proposed development has insufficient onsite parking to accommodate the 500 car users (based on a 1200 capacity and a 47% modal share). This will force worshipers to park in nearby residential streets (mainly Rigby Court and Ninehouse Lane) affecting highway safety and traffic flow. The demolition of the existing building will create extra parking. This will generate at least an extra 400 trips daily, bringing the local road network to a standstill.
The proposed development has insufficient onsite parking to accommodate the recommended 500 car spaces (based on a 1200 capacity and a 47% modal share). This will force worshipers to park in nearby residential streets (mainly Rigby Court and Ninehouse Lane), and cause noise and disturbance to the residential amenity. Based on the applicants latest figures the capacity could be as high as 2,500…requiring nearly 1200 spaces.
Following the council`s potentially illegal approval of the last application on this site in Bolton, we have a new application (which we will cover in a separate blog).
On 25/08/16 Bolton`s planning committee passed an application for “ERECTION OF A MOSQUE AND COMMUNITY CENTRE” (ref 95548/15). This included a last minute revision to demolish the existing mosque, which was added to the conditions of the approval. This is of course, a material change and as such should have been referred back to the public for consultation.
Local residents quite rightly sought legal advice, and although there was a case to answer were unable to raise the funds necessary for a Judicial Review. Complaints to the council`s Standards Committee and the Local Government Ombudsman are live and ongoing. There have been angry protests already at council meetings !
The new application is an attempt by the applicants to head off any legal action, by including the demolition of the existing building to the application.
Bolton Council are currently under the scrutiny of the Planning Advisory Service following an inquiry into practices at the Planning committee stage. A report is due in three weeks.
Local residents turned out in force today to oppose plans for an Islamic Cultural Centre and Place of Worship near Altrincham. More than 250 locals braved the cold to make their feelings known to the Altrincham & Hale Muslim Association , who plan to build a 2,000 sq m, two-storey building on Green Belt land off Thorley Lane.
The AHMA claims there is a “compelling and urgent need” for the new facility as the number of local Muslims has outgrown its current facility.
Regardless of the AHMA`s claims , the application will not meet the strict criteria needed to be fulfilled to build on Green Belt land. If they have any sense, they will abandon this daft application.
Once again the issues of parking, traffic generation,highway safety and damage to the local fauna and flora should be a a clear indication to Trafford Council that these plans need refusing.
Well done to local residents for getting “feet on the streets”, and be prepared to fight this all the way.
We`ll post updates on this story, as it develops.