Their planning application is in!
On 5th September 2012 Tablighi Jamaat finally submitted a valid outline planning application for the West Ham mega-mosque which, their architect boasted to the media, will be the size of Battersea Power Station. It has a capacity of 9,350 with an additional dining hall for 2,000. The design? Well, one critic called it “a religious Tesco superstore” and another “the love-child of Stansted airport and a failed social housing development”.
The application is reference 12/00358/LTGOUT and you can see it for yourself on Newham Council’s planning webpage here
What can you do to stop it?
Up until at least the 31st October 2012 you can:
- Send your objections to Newham Council, either online here or by letter to:
Development Control Service,
London Borough of Newham,
1st Floor West Wing,
1000 Dockside Road,
London E16 2QU
(FAO: Mr Sunil Sahadevan, Reference: 12/00358/LTGOUT).
- Sign the e-petition on the Government’s website: E Petition and ask your friends (in the UK only) to do the same. We do not know the person who put it up but are supporting it all the same.
- Contact your local MP – if built, the mega-mosque will be a huge global centre and platform for Tablighi Jamaat to propagate their socially-hostile ideology right across the UK, Europe and elsewhere. It is not just a Newham or a London issue.
- If you live near the site, get up a petition amongst your neighbours and send it to Newham Council via your Councillors (see below).
- If you live in Newham, send your objections to your Councillors (find them here ). This massive Tablighi Jamaat monument to social division, hostility, separatism and misogyny can and must be stopped.
- If you live within reach of the site join our opposition campaign by volunteering to help. Call us or email us (see our Contact details, below right).
- Donate to our fighting fund – see the Donate button on the right. The campaign costs a lot for research, publicity and professional advisors and all donations are very welcome.
Together we can do it. Together we can keep West Ham united.
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The mega mosque! Muslim place of worship with four times the capacity of St Paul’s Cathedral planned for east London
PUBLISHED: 16:10, 7 October 2012 |
Plans for a 10,000-capacity mega-mosque the size of Battersea Power Station have led to fears it could create a hardline Islamic enclave in the capital.
The east London mosque, earmarked for West Ham, near the Olympic Park, will hold four times as many worshippers as St Paul’s Cathedral, have 40ft minarets, an Islamic library, sports facilities and eight flats for visiting clerics.
It has been described by the architects as a ‘contemporary Islamic sacred space’.
But critics point to the fact it has been submitted by Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary movement once described as an ‘ante-chamber of fundamentalism’.
Hardline zone? A design submitted in 2006 of the so-called mega-mosque earmarked for east London, which will be able to hold around 10,000 worshippers. The group behind the scheme has since submitted revised plans for the development
They say the Islamic group preaches ‘separation and segregation’ and that two of the 7/7 bombers, Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Sidique Khan, are believed to have prayed at a Tablighi mosque in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Alan Craig, campaign director of MegaMosque-NoThanks, told the Daily Star: ‘Newham Council wants a mixed use of the site with homes, shops and business units.
‘The mosque trustees say they want to build a mosque the size of Battersea Power Station. Either way, it will be the UK’s first custombuilt Sharia-controlled zone.’
According to the Evening Standard, the scheme has aroused years of intense opposition since the group first submitted plans in 1999.
In 2001, it agreed that worship would only be on a temporary basis. Permission expired in 2006 but the group continued to use the site.
In 2010, the council issued an enforcement notice but it successfully appealed against it last year and more than 5,000 people a week now worship at the site which houses several pre-fab buildings.
The plans had included retail units and 300 flats, but these were shelved after the Muslim community said they did not want their donations going to a commercial venture.
Massive: The mosque will hold four times as many worshippers as St Paul’s Cathedral (above), which has a capacity of 2,400
Sharia-controlled area? The mosque, which will be around the size of Battersea Power Station (pictured), will have 40ft minarets, an Islamic library, sports facilities and eight flats for visiting clerics
Revised designs have also been submitted by Cambridge-based architects NRAP since the last graphics produced in 2006.
The group maintains that its main objective is peaceful missionary work.
Critics of the development say that two of the 7/7 bombers, Shehzad Tanweer (right) and Mohammad Sidique Khan (left), are believed to have prayed at a mosque run by the Islamic group submitting the proposals
A spokesman for Anjuman-E-Islahul-Muslimeen of London UK Trust, Tablighi Jamaat’s charitable trust and the site’s owner, has previously said: ‘The door is always open and we are happy to meet and discuss in depth our proposals.’
A Newham Council spokesman said: ‘We can confirm we have received a planning application. As this is currently being processed it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.’