Mosque plan wins backing

A MOSQUE could open in Chipping Norton after planning officers recommended approval.

West Oxfordshire District Council is due to consider plans to change the former shop in Hitchmans Mews, off West Street, into a mosque next week.

But concerns have been raised about additional noise, parking and a loss of retail space by residents and Chipping Norton Town Council.

Applicant Tahirul Hasan, who is himself a member of the town council, said he was pleased officers had recommended approval.

He declined to comment further until the application had been decided.

The district council’s uplands area planning subcommittee meets at the council’s Woodgreen offices on Monday to discuss the plan.

Chipping Norton’s 30-strong muslim community currently worships in the Town Hall on Fridays.

Mr Hasan said they needed a permanent place of worship and the Town Hall was not sacred enough for prayer due to drinking and dancing in the building.

Chipping Norton Town Council objected to the conversion because of the loss of a shop.

Members also raised concerns about fire safety – due to the building’s single entrance – and the scheme’s impact on the unit’s neighbours.

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The district council received 28 letters of objection along with two letters of support for the scheme.

Objectors complained about the loss of retail space, lack of parking and the “unreasonable” noise disturbance the plans would create to residents.

They also said there was already a purpose-built mosque in Banbury and there were buildings better suited for a mosque around the town.

The comments, which appear in agenda documents for the Monday meeting, have been edited by district council planning officers. Officers said: “Some representations have not been included within this report due to their prejudiced nature.”

Writing in favour of the scheme, one resident said they had received leaflets which “seem to be inciting racist feelings amongst residents”.

Another said: “I would be appalled and somewhat ashamed if this tradition [of welcoming faith groups] is now lost due to intolerance.”

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4:08pm Fri 1 Feb 13

WitneyGreen says...

Objectors complained about the loss of retail space, lack of parking and the “unreasonable” noise disturbance the plans would create to residents.

Wow. I didn't know 'racism' had so many synonyms. Well done to WODC for approving the plans.
Objectors complained about the loss of retail space, lack of parking and the “unreasonable” noise disturbance the plans would create to residents. Wow. I didn't know 'racism' had so many synonyms. Well done to WODC for approving the plans. WitneyGreen

6:08pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Budowaah says...

I think the objections are all pretty justifiable. In all seriousness I don't see why Chipping Norton needs one really, considering Banbury is only a few miles away.

Seems to be another example of religious groups (manifested in part by covert insiders) claiming dispensations against local councils who cower in fear of being denigrated by folk like the wet lettuce commenting above.

And before any other tabloid fuelled, reactionary idiots jump in; no, I don't live in Chipping Norton.
I think the objections are all pretty justifiable. In all seriousness I don't see why Chipping Norton needs one really, considering Banbury is only a few miles away. Seems to be another example of religious groups (manifested in part by covert insiders) claiming dispensations against local councils who cower in fear of being denigrated by folk like the wet lettuce commenting above. And before any other tabloid fuelled, reactionary idiots jump in; no, I don't live in Chipping Norton. Budowaah

4:17am Sat 2 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

Budowaah wrote:
I think the objections are all pretty justifiable. In all seriousness I don't see why Chipping Norton needs one really, considering Banbury is only a few miles away.

Seems to be another example of religious groups (manifested in part by covert insiders) claiming dispensations against local councils who cower in fear of being denigrated by folk like the wet lettuce commenting above.

And before any other tabloid fuelled, reactionary idiots jump in; no, I don't live in Chipping Norton.
So Muslims currently hold Friday Prayers in a place used for consuming alcohol, dancing, and assignations. So obviously these things are not as bad as they make out, because if they were then they would be going against Allah by praying there.
[quote][p][bold]Budowaah[/bold] wrote: I think the objections are all pretty justifiable. In all seriousness I don't see why Chipping Norton needs one really, considering Banbury is only a few miles away. Seems to be another example of religious groups (manifested in part by covert insiders) claiming dispensations against local councils who cower in fear of being denigrated by folk like the wet lettuce commenting above. And before any other tabloid fuelled, reactionary idiots jump in; no, I don't live in Chipping Norton.[/p][/quote]So Muslims currently hold Friday Prayers in a place used for consuming alcohol, dancing, and assignations. So obviously these things are not as bad as they make out, because if they were then they would be going against Allah by praying there. Grunden Skip

4:20am Sat 2 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

OOPS I forgot to add the plus side to it. If it will be anything like Oxford, free parking on double yellows, and car parks, as you will have no worries about parking wardens for a few hours, as they all seem to stay at least a mile away from our mosques 12-3pm Friday lunchtimes.
OOPS I forgot to add the plus side to it. If it will be anything like Oxford, free parking on double yellows, and car parks, as you will have no worries about parking wardens for a few hours, as they all seem to stay at least a mile away from our mosques 12-3pm Friday lunchtimes. Grunden Skip

10:03pm Sat 2 Feb 13

benjamin says...

Grunden Skip wrote:
OOPS I forgot to add the plus side to it. If it will be anything like Oxford, free parking on double yellows, and car parks, as you will have no worries about parking wardens for a few hours, as they all seem to stay at least a mile away from our mosques 12-3pm Friday lunchtimes.
What other group of people would be able to get permission to hold public meetings in a building with no fire escape?
[quote][p][bold]Grunden Skip[/bold] wrote: OOPS I forgot to add the plus side to it. If it will be anything like Oxford, free parking on double yellows, and car parks, as you will have no worries about parking wardens for a few hours, as they all seem to stay at least a mile away from our mosques 12-3pm Friday lunchtimes.[/p][/quote]What other group of people would be able to get permission to hold public meetings in a building with no fire escape? benjamin

10:55am Tue 5 Feb 13

Man on the Green says...

I fully agree with @WitneyGreen, and am saddened by the bigotry and prejudice revealed by other comments.
I fully agree with @WitneyGreen, and am saddened by the bigotry and prejudice revealed by other comments. Man on the Green

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