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