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Three-week public inquiry into West Ham mega-mosque to launch
by Kay Atwal
A public inquiry into Newham Council's rejection of plans for a mega-mosque in West Ham will open at the ExCeL exhibition centre.
The inquiry into the controversial mega-mosque at the Abbey Mills site is expected to last three weeks and is due to start on June 3. It will give Communities Secretary Eric Pickles the final say on plans by Anjuman-E-Islahul-Muslimeen Trust to develop what has been described as a mega-mosque at the Abbey Mills Riverine Centre, situated at the end of Canning Road.
Newham councillors voted unanimously to reject plans for a 9,000 capacity building for Muslim worshippers in December 2012. The Riverine Trust appealed against the decision which will now be examined in the public inquiry of the Planning Inspectorate.
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