Plans to build a “super-mosque” next to the site for the 2012 Olympic Games in London have collapsed and the Islamic group behind the project will be evicted later this week, a London council responsible for the district said Monday.
Newham Council in east London said the Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat, which has been operating a temporary mosque on the land in question since 2006, had been asked to leave the land by Thursday.
The group’s failure to submit a masterplan for the site by the required deadline in January meant that the scheme was blocked, said the council.
The highly-controversial project on a 7.3-hectar site in Stratford, east London, would have accommodated 12,000 worshippers and would have been the biggest of its kind in Europe.
The plan faced massive opposition from the local community and Christian religious groups, with nearly 50,000 people petitioning the government to prevent the project.