New Application – Bolton.


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.





Makkah Mosque , Bolton – Update.


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.



Timperley Residents Defend Green Belt.

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.





An application for a controversial mosque expansion has been withdrawn from tonight’s  (27/07/16)  meeting by council officers due to a row over the lease of the premises’ car park. Of course this has nothing to do with the 200 or so objections from local residents.

Regular readers will be aware that pulling out at the last minute (if it looks like the application will be refused) is common place for mosque applications.

Local residents have been battling with the applicants for over 5 years.

The application was pulled less than 48 hours before the proposed expansion of the South Woodford mosque, in Mulberry Way, was due to go before Redbridge Council’s regulatory committee.
The applicants can resubmit (free of charge) if it falls within a year of the original registration of the plans.
Congratulations to the local residents…..ready yourselves for the re submission !

Four illegal mosques served enforcement notices in Essex.


Some wonderful news from Essex , where local residents have dealt with four illegal mosques in Redbridge , Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

For legal reasons we cannot names the premises , since two of the cases will end up in court.

Our short guide to dealing with illegal mosques can be found here:-

It can be done , keep fighting.




Another Refusal in Redbridge.


Congratulations to Redbridge residents in securing a refusal for an application for “Change of use from retail (A1) to community centre (D1).” at 365B, Green Lane, Seven Kings, Ilford, IG3 9TQ

The premises (at the rear of a clothes shop) was operating as an illegal mosque since October 2015 (and is subject to an enforcement action).

Although small , its important that residents protect their local shopping areas…or they disappear.

Well done.

Application Withdrawn


Congratulations to local residents in Foleshill , Coventry.

An application for ” “Change of use from car showroom (sui generis) to D1 (non-residential) use (for community and educational use and a place of worship)” at 38-42 Holbrook Lane , Coventry ,CV6 4AB has been withdrawn.

There were some excellent objections by locals , plus objections from the Highways Department and Environmental Heath.

Of course the applicants may reapply , or just use the building illegally (we are watching) , but it`s a great result for local residents.


Keep fighting !