|Latest Mosque News 21/06/2011
Controversial plans for a new mosque in Camberley have been thrown out again.
Local Muslim's had launched an appeal after Surrey Heath Borough Council originally refused the proposal for London Road.
Now the planning inspectorate has rejected that appeal.
The council refused plans for the mosque on the site of an old school building in 2009.
The Bengali Welfare Association has been using it as a place of worship for more than a decade and say facilities there are not up to scratch.
But the opposition was strong. Over 7,500 people joined a Facebook group against the proposals, some concerned about the building not fitting in with the look of the area and others wanting to protect the old school building.
Hundreds turned out for the appeal hearing and today the planning inspectorate upheld the council's decision and the new mosque won't be built.
In his report planning inspector John Gray said his primary concern with the plans is the effect it would have on the character and appearance of the conservation area.
Surrey Heath council Beverley Harding says "the (current) building should be rehabilitated and brought up to standard."
The Chairman of the Islamic Centre in Camberley Abdul Mojid says he's "very sad, disappointed and shocked" at the news, but says it's too early to be able to say what they'll do next.