Another new mosque construction given the go ahead despite many objections from the local residents concerned about the extra traffic, lack of parking and the number of mosques in the area already. Even the local church facing the proposed mosque raised concerns, all of which fell on deaf ears.
Mosque constructions need to be opposed as they give Muslims a permanent foothold in their stealth jihad to Islamize the non Muslim world. Once they are built they are going nowhere, providing a base to plot their next expansion of Islam from.
An ex-pub in Normanton will be converted into a mosque after getting the go-ahead from Derby City Council, despite traffic fears.
Jamia Mosque, Rosehill Street, had applied to convert the former Greyhound Inn, Village Street, Normanton.
The parochial council at St Giles Church opposite the pub had raised concerns that the conversion could lead to traffic and parking problems.
It said it expected many people would drive to the mosque.
And there were 39 letters of objection in total with concerns including that there are already too many mosques in the area and that a new one would only serve one sector of the community.
But there were 77 letters of support from people.
Backers said that there was a need for a mosque and Islamic education centre in the area and it would “make the area feel more multicultural and inclusive”.
Chairman of the council’s planning committee, councillor Shiraz Khan, said its members unanimously voted for the conversion to get the go-ahead at its meeting on Thursday.
He said one person spoke out against the plans on the grounds they would cause traffic problems.
But he said: “We only had the one objector [speaking] and his concerns were about traffic levels, but the mosque is making a car park at the back of the building and they are having an exit onto Derby Lane as well so there were no concerns.
In some cases it is possible for pub owners to demolish or, in some cases, convert the buildings without having to apply to their local council for planning permission.
Mr Khan said: “You could have had Tesco or Londis moving onto the site and they wouldn’t even have had to have planning permission.
“At least this makes sure that the building stays and it is in use instead of being derelict.”
The Greyhound Inn closed in August after it was put up for sale by owners Enterprise Inns.
Councillor Mark Tittley, also on the planing committee, said the building was “no-longer viable” as a pub.
He said: “The parking needed to be adequate and they’ve proven it will be. I’m sure the officials of the mosque will make sure people will park in the car park and won’t add to the vehicles parking in the busy streets.”
The Jamia Mosque’s planning application says that the position of mosques in the city no longer caters for where Muslims live and it is important for one to be created in a different part of Normanton.
It says that having existing mosques in one area means people have to drive to them, increasing traffic and parking problems in that part of the city.
The application reads: “To alleviate this problem, premises like the Greyhound Inn were sought that are located to close to the community they serve.”
It adds that up to 60 people would attend at any one time, with the majority using it living within a mile of the site.