Plans to build Britain’s biggest mosque in Newham have been thrown out by the Government, according to a national newspaper.
The Sunday Telegraph reported sources close to the Government said it had made the decision to reject an appeal from applicants Tablighi Jamaat, after the plans were originally rejected by the local council.
Plans to build the mosque – set to have three times the floor space of St Paul’s Cathedral – were originally rejected by Newham’s planning committee way back in 2012 over fears it would be too large.
But Tablighi Jamaat took the planning application to a public inquiry, where it would have had to have the approval of communities secretary Greg Clark, who is believed to have rejected it.
A source told the Sunday Telegraph: “This proposal has created a great deal of division in Newham . That would get a lot worse if the thing was built.”
Known officially as the Abbey Mills Markaz was set to be 290,000 square foot mosque, near the Olympic Park in east London, and would have accommodated up to 9,300 worshippers.