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Plans for big London mosque lapse

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LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A British Muslim sect hoping to build Europe's biggest mosque in London is not moving forward with the plans, local officials say.

A spokesman for London's Newham Council said the organization, Tablighi Jamaat, has let deadlines lapse in its bid to build a 12,000-capacity mosque in East London close to the city's 2012 Summer Olympics site, The Times of London reported.

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The newspaper said the local council issued enforcement notices against the mosque trust last week after it missed its final deadline to file a master plan for the controversial building.

Strong opposition emerged to the plans when they were first unveiled in 2007, with critics calling the structure a "mega-mosque" and gathering more than 48,000 signatures in a petition to stop it, the newspaper said.

Critics hailed the news, but Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, told The Times: "We would hope that they will be able to work in cooperation with the local council if they wish to set up a mosque in the area. Tablighi Jamaat has no ties to terrorism. They have been subjected to some unfair coverage."

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