'Mega mosque' plans thrown out by council

By Louisa Emery on December 6, 2012 11:17 AM |

MEGA+MOSQUE.jpgNewham Council has put the brakes on plans for a 10,000 capacity 'mega mosque' in West Ham.

An application submitted by Muslim group Tablighi Jamaat to build the country's biggest Islamic centre was rejected last night.

Council officers concluded that the mosque, which would have been three times the size of St Paul's Cathedral, was too large and did not offer necessary amenities for the area.

The Riverine Centre, or Abbey Mills Mosque as it is also known, was proposed for one of 10 sites in Canning Town earmarked for strategic development by Newham Council.

The council's executive member for regeneration and strategic planning Conor McAuley said: "The proposed mosque building is too big and would have an impact on important historic buildings nearby.

"Our planning policies promote the development of the Abbey Mills site for a mix of residential, employment and community uses, to help create a new local centre near West Ham station and regenerate the area.

"The creation of new homes and jobs are a priority for Newham Council. It is not considered that this application is consistent with these policies."

Thousands of supporters gathered outside the Old Town Hall in Stratford. A number of anti-mosque protesters were also present.