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Mosque owners breach planning laws as hundreds protest

Mosque owners breach planning laws as hundreds protest

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
21/04/2018
Summary: 

Council officers say it is “unfortunate” the owners of a new mosque breached planning laws – but have recommended the controversial plans are approved anyway, Shy Society can reveal today.

The Zainabiya Welfare Foundation (ZWF) had been using a building on Bennet Road, in south Reading, as a mosque throughout 2017 before being informed by the local authority that its use was “unauthorised” and that they would fail to obtain planning permission. The Shia group subsequently purchased another building – over five miles away in north west Reading – which, by the group’s own admission, has been used as a mosque since 14th December 2017 despite having no planning permission to do so.

More than four months on, there remains no planning consent on Equity House yet the group’s website openly promotes prayer schedules, activities and events, and directions to the mosque and community centre.