Newham “mega mosque” plans rejected by councillors

20:38 05 December 2012

Supporters of the "mega mosque" gathered outside Stratford Old Town Hall earlier.

Supporters of the "mega mosque" gathered outside Stratford Old Town Hall earlier.

Archant

Plans for a “mega mosque” in Newham have been turned down by councillors.

An artist's impression of the proposed plans for the Riverine Centre mosque complexAn artist's impression of the proposed plans for the Riverine Centre mosque complex

Thousands of supporters of the mosque had gathered outside Stratford Old Town Hall ahead of the meeting of Newham Council's Strategic Development Committee this evening.

A small counter protest against the mosque had also gathered.

The plans to erect the Riverine Centre, also known as Abbey Mills Mosque, were put forward by trustees following the Tabilighi Jamaat movement.

Councillors voted unanimously to turn the plans down, siding with the recommendations of council officers who said the plans should be rejected.

At 29,227sq m the proposed complex was more than three times the floorspace of St Paul's Cathedral.

The rejected development included a segregated space for nearly 2,000 women, a library, dining hall, visitors' centre, eight flats for imams and guests, along with tennis courts, a garden, and a riverside walk along Abbey Creek.

The mosque was planned for former industrial land at the end of Canning Road, which is one of 10 sites listed for strategic development by Newham Council. Officers argued that the mosque plans were not in line with the council's core strategy to create a new town centre for mixed use around West Ham Station.

The strategy states that any faith must not dominate the use or scale of the 6.3 hectare site overlooking the historic Abbey Mills pumping station and Canary Wharf.

Related articles

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Biffo and Bobo better stay away from the town of Vendargues this Halloween.

As a state of emergency is declared in Burkina Faso, what does the future hold for its president and people?

It might not be moving very fast but it’s still causing problems.

After staging an Ebola-themed night, a nightclub has been forced to make an apology after hundreds complained about the tasteless event.

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 16:12
Drivers on the Northern Line are being balloted for strike action over a colleague who was sacked (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Tube drivers on the Northern Line are being balloted on potential strike action over the sacking of a colleague for allegedly drinking on the job.

Yesterday, 19:57
Billie Kane was last seen leaving her home address in Hackney at 11pm on Monday night (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing 16-year-old girl from Hackney with distinctive blue hair.

Yesterday, 17:26
[Photograph by Jeff Moore for Transferwise]

City workers got a fright - and an eyeful - this afternoon when a phalanx of semi-clad skeletons marched from Bank to Old Street.

London Bloggers

Yesterday, 10:07
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit: