Mosque in east London to be demolished after high court ruling

A temporary east London mosque that has been refused planning permission faces demolition after a high court ruling.

The Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat had sought permission to build a permanent mosque on a 17-acre site near the Olympic Park in Stratford. Its plans to provide a place of worship for around 9,000 people were opposed by Newham council in 2012.

Tablighi Jamaat appealed to what is now the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which rejected the proposal in October 2015. At the time, the movement was also ordered to cease using existing buildings on the site as a mosque.

The ministry said its decision was based on “concerns that include local housing provision and conflict with the council’s local plan for the borough”.

There was also considerable opposition from residents. In 2007, more than 250,000 people signed an online petition opposing the plans for the mosque. Organisers claimed to represent “the Christian population of this great country England” and said the mosque would “cause terrible violence and suffering”.