By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Newham Council reject 'Mega Mosque'

Newham Council has dealt a severe blow to NRAP Architects’ plans to build a ‘mega mosque’ with confirmation that it has refused planning permission

Last night’s decision by the council’s Strategic Development Committee was immediately denounced by supporters of the scheme who vowed to fight on and seek a judicial review to overturn the decision.

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

Newham Council said the scheme failed to satisfy planning policies which advocated a ‘mix of residential, employment and community uses’ for the site.

The refusal is the latest chapter in the long-running saga which began in 2006 with a vision for the site by Mangera Yvars. That  fell by the wayside in 2007 when Allies and Morrison took over. Allies and Morrison were replaced by Cambridge-based NRAP Architects in 2011.

Subscribe to AJ for £3 per week

Subscribe today and receive 47 issues of the magazine, 12 issues of AJ Specification and full access to and the AJ Buildings Library

Are you a student?

Students can subscribe to the AJ for £8 per month or £1.60 per week! Click here to start receiving the most recommended magazine for architecture students

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related Jobs

Sign in to see the latest jobs relevant to you!

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters