A worrying new trend has developed allowing “stealth mosques” to spring up at formerly council owned community centres.
As local authorities look to unload any financial burdens, many are leasing out council owned and publicly built community centres to “community associations” to manage.
There seems to be little restriction on who can set up a community association, and little due dilligence from the councils as to how it will be run.
Community centres benefit from a generic D1 use permission, and as such can be used as a place of worship.
One community centre in Barking & Dagenham has already been handed over to a “community association”, who`s first order of business was to issue a council approved sub let to the local Islamic Association (who have been monopolising the centre for years). Local residents now face years of parking Jihad every Friday with little protection from the council.
There have already been documented cases of community centres being run covertly as mosques. The one in the story below has banned alcohol and music from the centre.
Unless the community associations clearly breach any conditions or rules included in their lease (relating to use or inclusion), there is little that you can do legally.
We advise that you check with your local councillors, if a community association is being formed to manage your local community center…get yourself involved.
Tremendous news from Essex, where South Woodford residents have again stopped plans to expand the Qur’ani Murkuz Trust in Mulberry Way.
This is the third application (and the second appeal to the Planning Inspectorate) !
The planning inspector said “I consider that the proposal would have a negative effect on the environmental and social roles of sustainability and that this would outweigh the limited economic benefit. As such, the proposal would not amount to sustainable development and does not benefit from the presumption in favour of sustainable development set out in Framework paragraph 14. Conclusion 20″.
The full decision can be viewed here (look at the decision doc):-
Congratulations to local residents, who have vowed to keep fighting. The applicants have already indicated that they submit another application.
Man the ramparts !
An application has been received for “change of use to community centre (class D2) for a 5 year temporary period of time including single storey extensions” at the Crown Manufactory (Rotherham) Ltd, Chapel Walk , Rotherham. The plans clearly show a large hall, with lots of toilets and washing facilities and separate entrances. It`s clear to us what this will be….a mosque.
Should you wish to object, the link is here:-
What to say:-
The proposed development is incorrectly described, it is in fact a Place of Worship (D1).
No details of “community activities” have been submitted by the applicant.
The proposed development will create huge volumes of traffic and congestion to the local road network.
The proposed development could hold up to 1,000 users, there is insufficient parking onsite, and on local roads.
The proposed development has a poor PTAL rating, meaning that most users will arrive
The proposed development will create noise and disturbance to the residential amenity.
The proposed development is large, and warrants the submission of a formal Travel Plan.
The proposed development is a large site suitable for business and job creation, it`s use as a Place of Worship would be a loss of valuable employment land.
The deadline for objections is March 16th 2017