London council rejects plans for mega-mosque despite public support
LONDON (AFP) - Plans by an Islamic group to build a giant mosque able to accommodate more than 9,000 worshippers in the shadow of London's Olympic Park have been rejected by the local authority.
Tablighi Jamaat, a missionary group with roots in India, has been trying since 1999 to build the mosque on a former chemical site in West Ham in east London, which would have become one of the biggest Islamic centres in western Europe.
It would have included a prayer hall for up to 7,440 men and a separate facility for almost 2,000 women.
Newham Borough Council rejected the proposal at a planning meeting late on Wednesday, saying it was not consistent with development plans for the area and citing concerns about the size of the project and its impact on traffic.