Monday, 26 August 2013

Status report: Green Lane Mosque

The question “What’s happening with the Mosque?” often gets asked and so here is a quick update on the current situation.

Readers will recall that there are currently two live applications. One is an appeal against last year’s decision to reject the planning application to turn the old Bank Chambers into a Mosque. The other is a new application, very similar to the previous one but for (an initial) 4 years and claiming it will be a ‘green’ mosque with a lower capacity and that no one will be allowed to drive their car to it.

So firstly - The appeal:

The deadline for comments on the appeal is today (26th August). You can still comment on this appeal electronically via this link:

I have sent in my comments based around the fact that the people running the mosque cannot control the number of people who turn up, or by what means they arrive and so are not in a position to guarantee there will be no impact on traffic and parking.

You can read the appellant’s arguments against the decision on the blog post here.

I have heard a rumour that the appeal is scheduled to be heard on the 13th of November at the Strawberry Lodge Conference Centre in Carshalton (SM5 2NQ). Update: It has been confirmed that the appeal will be heard on the 26th of November at 10am at Strawberry Lodge in Carshalton.

Secondly – The latest application:

The deadline for comments on this application passed on the 21st of June and this has been under consideration by the London Borough of Sutton’s planning department since. The decision is scheduled to be made by the full Development Control Committee (DCC) on the 25th of September 2013 at the Civic Offices in St Nicholas Way, Sutton. The DCC will consisting of eight councillors, roughly in the same proportion by party to the number of overall members on the Council. So because Sutton Council consists of 42 Liberal Democrats, 1 Labour and 11 Conservative councillors, the DCC normally consists of 8 Liberal Democrats and 2 Conservatives. We hope that they all take a sensible view and not just a minority. (*cough* Incinerator *cough*)

I will keep you updated as more information comes to hand.