Appeal made as Chesham Islamic Community Centre plans rejected

AN APPEAL has been lodged after plans for an Islamic Community Centre in Chesham were turned down.

Proposals to convert a disused office in Cameron Road into a new centre were rejected by Chiltern District Council in November after scores of residents complained at the negative impact increased traffic would have on the area.

It was because of the impact on neighbours - which was deemed "detrimental to public and highway safety and convenience" by the council - that the plans were refused.

But that refusal is now being challenged by the Rawdhah Academy, which made the original application, and the future of the site will now be decided by a Planning Inspectorate.

The Academy, which is currently based in Berkhampstead Road as an educational establishment, wants to move into the vacant office but planning permission needs to be given for a change of use for the building before any conversion takes place.

It would provide Islamic education for people of all religions and English classes to recent migrants to Chesham, and has been described as an 'important' and 'essential' facility by members of the Academy.

In the appeal papers lodged to the Inspectorate, the agent acting for the Academy said: "The re-use of the office block brings about economic benefits to the owner and to the nearby shops and services. This is critically important in light of the harsh economic circumstances currently gripping the country. The council failed to accord any weight to these issues."

Concerns over increased traffic levels were also dismissed after a travel plan was put together to encourage attendees to walk or cycle to the centre.

The appeal papers said: "The proposed use would allow the council to have greater control over the situation through working in partnership with the local community and the development and implementation of a travel plan, thereby ensuring a sustainable form of development without raising highway concerns."

The original application to the council said up to 50 children could attend classes at any one time, and a library at the centre would stay open until 8pm each day.

An appeal decision will be announced at a later date.

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8:20pm Thu 3 Jan 13

craig239 says...

Why are we having people here who can't even speak our language?
Why are we having people here who can't even speak our language? craig239
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10:37pm Thu 3 Jan 13

POOKY @ HC says...

I live in Wycombe,rely on public transport,but cannot walk on paths on Desbrough Rd as most of time path obsructed by cars parked on double yellow lines even a taxi parked for at least 4 10 minuites come on sort it out WDC
I live in Wycombe,rely on public transport,but cannot walk on paths on Desbrough Rd as most of time path obsructed by cars parked on double yellow lines even a taxi parked for at least 4 10 minuites come on sort it out WDC POOKY @ HC
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8:07am Fri 4 Jan 13

demoness the second says...

Who would want to migrate to Chesham?
Who would want to migrate to Chesham? demoness the second
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7:05am Sun 6 Jan 13

buftonp13 says...

Why do these people think that having a Islamic Community Centre is actually a good idea for the community of chesham. Whats wrong with a community centre, a centre for the whole community. This is just another reason non muslim people have a growing problem against muslims as they dont want to mix with people of other religions, backgrounds or faiths. This is what makes a strong community not seperating into groups. I live in wycombe, theres plenty of islamic centres and thats where in some cases good honest muslims have been brain washed in to terrorists. Which we all no happened, and not just in Wycombe but in other parts of ths country to. I think the Islamic community should put more effort in to being part of the community rather than creating their own, instead of small pockets of people who dont speak or interact with others.This is just a very sad state we find ourselves in. I dont blame people who want to move from some seriously awfull places on earth to one of if not the greatest country. But they do need to try and mix better just like the black imagrints did.
This may seem a bit over the top in reference to an article about a comunity centre but thats just another nail in the coffin of the great britsh local community spirt.
Why do these people think that having a Islamic Community Centre is actually a good idea for the community of chesham. Whats wrong with a community centre, a centre for the whole community. This is just another reason non muslim people have a growing problem against muslims as they dont want to mix with people of other religions, backgrounds or faiths. This is what makes a strong community not seperating into groups. I live in wycombe, theres plenty of islamic centres and thats where in some cases good honest muslims have been brain washed in to terrorists. Which we all no happened, and not just in Wycombe but in other parts of ths country to. I think the Islamic community should put more effort in to being part of the community rather than creating their own, instead of small pockets of people who dont speak or interact with others.This is just a very sad state we find ourselves in. I dont blame people who want to move from some seriously awfull places on earth to one of if not the greatest country. But they do need to try and mix better just like the black imagrints did. This may seem a bit over the top in reference to an article about a comunity centre but thats just another nail in the coffin of the great britsh local community spirt. buftonp13
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