Derby City Council’s planning committee last night ignored advice from planning officers that they should refuse the application, pictured left.
The news was described as “devastating” from campaigners against the plans but scores of Muslims at the meeting audibly “thanked Allah” for the result.
Committee chairman Councillor Robin Wood said the mosque would “be an addition to some of the finest architecture in Derby”. The committee was told one planning problem remained of a kitchen wall and window that would overlook a neighbour’s garden.
But a spokesman for design consultant Archi-Structure said this could be “scaled back”.
He said the proposed site, on waste land, between Mill Hill Lane and Renals Street, was currently a “rubbish-strewn eyesore”.
Di Weston, of Mill Hill Lane, spoke for campaigners against the plan. She said: “I’m devastated. It’s too big and will dominate the whole area.” She said the residents’ parking permit in the area was not in force on Sundays or after 6pm and the roads would be full of people using the mosque at those times.
This news was the first we heard about a potential mosque in Derby. Planning applications for mosques and Muslim ‘community centres’ in other towns have been defeated by involving ‘Mosquebusters’.
But ‘Mosquebusters’ say the Derby protestors did not approach them for help and so the super-mosque has gone ahead. Mosquebusters is headed by a planning lawyer who has made investigating Islam a speciality and has a phenomenal success rate. But he says that if people don’t call, they can easily lose, as happened in Derby.
Christians need to be looking over planning applications in their towns, and alert not just for mosques but mosques disguised as community centres, cultural centres or whatever. Let us know if you are prepared to do this, or if you unearth anything suspicious. Email [email protected]
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