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Surrey Heath says Camberley mosque not yet decided


Surrey was the first county in Britain to have a purpose-built mosque but plans for a new one in Camberley have caused controversy in the town.

Muslims in Camberley want to demolish the listed former Victorian school building they have been using since the 90s in order to build a purpose built mosque on the site.

In a move called unprecedented by campaigners who wished to stop the plans going ahead, Surrey Heath Borough councillors gave the plans their approval, against the advice of the council's own planning officers.

However, a day later, the council seem to have taken a U-turn.

In a statement they said "although the committee were minded to approve the proposals, planning permission could not be granted on the evening, and the applications were deferred."

Director of Customer Services at Surrey Heath, Chas Bradfield said: "We are sorry for any confusion caused by the planning applications committee meeting yesterday which may have given the impression that planning permission has been granted."

"The application will need to go before the committee at its next meeting to allow completion of the process for people to have their say and comment at the applications meeting before a decision can be finalised."

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