Monday, 3 December 2012

Mosque Application To Be REJECTED

Plans for a mosque at 2-4 Green Lane in Worcester Park are expected to be REJECTED tonight at a meeting of Sutton Council's Development Control Committee.

A damning report by Sutton Council's Interim Executive Head of Planning & Transportation obtained by the Worcester Park Blog recommends that the controversial planning application be refused on the grounds of its likely impact on traffic congestion, parking and highways safety.

The report acknowledges that there is demand locally for such a facility and that use as a place of worship would put back into use a building that has lain empty for many years, but concludes that this is outweighed by the potential negative impact on the local area.

The report states:

"When the proposed place of worship is at its full capacity of 140 persons on 60 occasions a year, the council's Principal Highways Engineer considers it unlikely that the demand for car parking will be satisfied by available spaces in public car parks and in all probability this will lead to additional parking in adjacent residential streets which are already congested.

The proposal is likely to lead to intolerable levels of competition for vehicle parking and the possibility that there will be inappropriate blocking of drives and a general increase in congestion to the detriment of highway safety.  Those using the premises who are unable to find a parking space immediately will search for a parking space within the surrounding roads leading to further  traffic congestion. 

Whilst there may be a need for the proposal, it is considered that this need  does not outweigh the  demonstrable harm arising from the impact on the local road network."

When the mosque, is at full capacity, which will occur on 60 occasions in the year, the report concludes that the impact on parking and highways safety in the local residential area would be 'intolerable':


"In real terms, it is unlikely that the demand for car parking on these 60 occasions will be satisfied by spaces in public car parks and in all probability this will lead to additional parking in adjacent residential streets which are already congested.  The existing on street parking is already heavily subscribed near Central Road by residents, workers, shoppers and commuters and this is likely to reach intolerable levels of competition  and the possibility there will be inappropriate blocking of drives and a general increase  in congestion to the detriment of highway safety."

The Development Control Committee will meet at 7.30pm this evening to decide the application at Cheam High School. The meeting will be open to the public.

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