Mosque capacity insufficient for demand

The use of a shop unit within a shopping centre in east London as a mosque and cultural centre was judged to be unduly popular and therefore harmful to highway safety.

An inspector accepted that the mosque met a need within the local community but at particular periods of heavy use it led to car parking and highway problems. Kerbside parking was overwhelmed during Friday prayers and afternoon and evening education sessions for young people.

Therefore, although the use was widely supported by many local residents who used the facility, it seemed likely that its popularity would grow. The level of on-street parking coupled with the noise and disturbance generated meant that it adversely affected highway safety and the amenity of those living close to the site.

Inspector Geoffrey Hill; Written representations

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