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Newham Council reject 'Mega Mosque'

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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.

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