Monday, 3 December 2012

How To Scupper Your Own Planning Application...

The highlight of this evening's packed two-hour meeting to decide the Worcester Park mosque planning application had to be the rambling and bizarre 'Mr Khan' who spoke on behalf of the applicant in favour of the planning application. At least that's what we were told he was doing ...

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katherine pettitt said...

This man had not thought this speach through & the people he was there to represent must have been embarassed by him!

Mr Happy in KT4 said...

Well, he said he'd accept the verdict...

And that verdict was a unanimous 'NO' from the Council, the Councillors on the committee, the Councillors not on the committee, Worcester Park Residents' Association, Worcester Park Traders' Association and thousands of local residents...

...So there won't be any appeals from the applicant then, will there Mr. Khan?

katherine pettitt said...

This man had not thought this speach through!



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parkerilla said...

Actually he was speaking in favour of the proposal but wasn't representing the applicant. If you remember the Chairman asked Mr Khan the applicant to come forward and put his case but HE HADN'T TURN UP TO HIS OWN APPLICATION, but this chap who happened to also be called Mr Khan thought it was his turn when he heard the word Khan and confusion reigned until the end of his speech when the Chairman queried whether he was actually Mr Khan the applicant, it was moment of farce. I felt really sorry for the guy, he was well meaning in his remarks.

Green Lane Lives On said...

Personally, I think Ali G could have put the application across better...

bazza said...

Very pleased with the outcome.Where next Mr Khan Midas Touch?

Green Lane Lives On said...

I suspect the Waitrose car park will be the next target Bazza.

And I'm guessing the applicant's statistics will probably show it's a big empty space, especially on Fridays!

parkerilla said...

Or the Worcester Park Tavern?

Guest said...

You don't have to sit through all 3 minutes. To get a feel for the quality of what is being said, listen out for the one word comment from a gentleman in the crowd at 1:35

KS said...

Whilst this man was going off topic, at least he wasn't abusive - unlike quite a few people in the crowd heckling him. That wasn't necessary. I do not think the bank chambers is a good location for a Mosque. However, I get the feeling that a lot of the opposition is not down to parking and transport but more to do with an anti muslim sentiment.

teatime said...

Not this again!! Let's be factual - the traffic is a complete nightmare so much so that I cannot even hop on a bus to get down to the station in the mornings if I'm running late. Everyone who lives in the area knows exactly how bad traffic and parking can get so really the applicant should have taken this on board and realized from the outset that the premises and location were not suitable.

Also the mosque in Morden is absolutely huge and not exactly far away so really confused as to why another one is required in WP.

KS said...

I agree with all of what you say.I live down at the end of Green Lane. I know how bad it is! However, some of the comments I could hear during that video made me feel uncomfortable.

Game Over Mr Khan said...

KS, many of us have felt uncomfortable for the last 3 years, since news of this clandestine mosque emerged and its backers started deleting evidence of their existence on-line and avoiding the community they claimed to be a part of.

After 3 years of feeling uncomfortable due to the applicant's antics, I'd say residents were extremely restrained last night. (The applicant apparently being someone who avoids our local community so completely as to fail to turn up for a decision on their own planning application!)

To be clear:
The application itself was nonsense.
The supporting evidence was claims and numbers that were nonsense.
Answers supplied to Councillors questions confirmed it was all nonsense.
Mr Khan spoke utter rambling, laughable nonsense.



As a result, the planning application was rejected because it was total nonsense.
To claim that there was opposition because of any other reason is also nonsense.

Nancy said...

Well done local residents.
Now we should turn our attention to the old Gleeson building on the London Road.

KS said...

I'll explain again. I agree with you on the reasons why the application should be rejected. I don't agree with the reaction to this poor guy who managed to find himself addressing the hearing. He wasn't abusing anyone and the heckling he got was disgraceful. I am ashamed to be part of the community that acted like that.

Game Over Mr Khan said...

What we all saw, heard and witnessed was a pig's ear of a planning application that spectacularly collapsed at the first hint of any thoughtful analysis.

Our local representatives, representatives of Sutton Council and the local Councillors all raised pertinent questions, all asked clear questions, and (after receiving poor and/or unconvincing answers) offered very clear and reasoned explanations for their opposition. There was no hint of any evidence, of any kind, of 'anti-muslim sentiment'.

The fact that the person nominated to speak in support of the ridiculous planning application decided to use the opportunity to grab the microphone and make a complete fool of themself in public for several minutes simply reinforced how poorly thought out the application was.

In particular, after the claim that the attendees would be on foot had been utterly discredited, he again tried to make EXACTLY the same discredited claim! Unsurprisingly, this resulted in expressions of disbelief, anger and laughter from everyone who witnessed the performance... what else did you expect?

Your accusation that "a lot of the opposition is not down to parking and transport but more to do with an anti muslim sentiment" is utterly without foundation and clearly seeks to tarnish what was a transparent public meeting, which indisputably arrived at the right and fully justified conclusion.

So rather than continue to try to justify your accusation, kindly withdraw it.

KS said...

No, I won't. I don't think anyone has read what I said!

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