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Muslims fight after Newham mega-mosque plan is rejected
by Emer Martin and Rashid Razaq
A Muslim group behind a proposed east London mega-mosque today vowed to seek a judicial review after councillors rejected the scheme, saying it was "too big" and would not serve the needs of the local community.
Hardline sect Tablighi Jamaat purchased the 17-acre brownfield site in Abbey Mills, Newham, in 1996 and has been trying to build a mosque there for more than a decade, despite opposition from residents and campaign groups.
The current plan is for a 9,000-capacity Islamic centre with prayer hall, and dining facilities for 2,000. It would have 40ft minarets and four times the capacity of St Paul's, equal to the UK's biggest mosque, the Baitul Futuh in Morden.
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