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NRAP’s West Ham mosque recommended for refusal

NRAP Architects’ 9,500-capacity mosque project in West Ham, east London has been recommended for refusal by planning officers

The high-profile Riverine Centre project features a 29,000m² mosque alongside a library, visitors’ centre, eight apartments and a sports pavilion.

In a statement, local authority Newham Council said the scheme failed to satisfy planning policies which advocated a ‘mix of residential, employment and community uses’ for the former Chemical works site.

A Newham Council spokesperson said: ‘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. It is not considered this application is consistent with these policies.’

They added: ‘There are also concerns about the size of the proposed buildings and impact on parking and traffic in the local area.’

Cambridge-based NRAP replaced Allies and Morrison on the scheme in November 2011. A 2006 landmark vision for the project by Mangera Yvars fell by the wayside in 2007 when Allies and Morrison took over as architect on the job.

The project is set to be considered at Newham Council’s Strategic Development Committee on Wednesday (5 December).


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