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Building that was rejected for being too high is given the go-ahead

An illustration of how the new development, a five-storey office building Brewery Road, could look

Published: 16 December, 2016
by KOOS COUVÉE

PLANNING chiefs have approved plans for the demolition of old offices to make way for a five-storey office building off York Way. 

The three-storey building in Brewery Road is currently occupied by the York Way Masjid, a mosque and education centre. 

Councillors had previously rejected the application from developer A&E Kaimakamis over concerns that the building was too high, but the council’s design review panel looked at it again and gave the thumbs-up.

The council received a petition signed by more than 400 people objecting to the loss of the mosque, but councillors regarded it as a dispute between landlord and tenant, not a planning matter.

Acting chairman of the committee, Cllr Martin Klute, said the mosque had not been authorised as a place of worship, despite offers of help from the council with a planning application. He said: “The building was home to an unauthorised school and mosque, and the school was condemned by Ofsted and shut. The mosque could not provide us with the correct information to validate the application. We have been more than reasonable with them.

“In the end we had to regard this application as being simply about swapping one office building with another. It’s exactly the kind of intensification of employment use that we are looking for.”

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