The rather odd machinations of the Bolton planning committee continue. Sadly for local residents they have approved a second application for a 3,000 capacity mosque in Great Lever, Bolton. It`s clear to us at Mosqueblock, that the council are behind this second application to cover up a previous legal error. Complaints to the Chief Exec and the Local Government Ombudsman are still ongoing.
A local activist spoke against the application, and made some strong points that many of the councilors clearly agreed with.One councilor felt that the public had been deliberately misled by the applicants. It was not a unanimous vote like last time.
However, after reviewing the footage of the meeting it may appear that another error may have been made. We find this amazing, were the Planning Department asleep during the meeting ? Were Legal Services present ? More complaints to follow.
The Planning Committee were recently audited by the Planning Advisory Service, and were told to make improvements (not that the council will release the full report). The Head of Planning resigned, rather than face further scrutiny.
We predict an awkward few months for the council. Sadly none of this will help the local residents who will face a tidal wave of cars every Friday.
Keep fighting !