Tauheedul Trust set to abandon plans for Blackburn YMCA site

TAUHEEDUL Trust has effectively abandoned its plans to develop a purpose-built Islamic boys school on the site of the former YMCA in Shear Brow.

It is now in talks with Blackburn with Darwen Council and the Department for Education to find an alternative location for the 700 pupil academy.

The change of heart follows the borough planning committee on Thursday refusing revised proposals for the new school in Clarence Street.

Planning chief Gavin Prescott said the latest government guidelines made clear the Edinburgh House site was too small to accommodate the proposed four-storey bullding.

The borough development manager told the meeting his officials and trust representatives were now exploring alternative sites for the academy, the country’s first Muslim free school.

Yesterday Tauheedul chief executive Hamid Patel said: “We are disappointed at the planning comittee’s decision.

“We believe it is a missed opportunity.

“The Trust is now in discussions with the borough council and Department for Education regarding alternative sites and options for the new boys school.”

The trust has moved the academy temporarily from Bicknell Street, Little Harwood, to the former Blakewater College in Shadsworth from next term.

This followed the planned September opening in Shear Brow proving impossible due to the lengthy row which started in 2011..

Mr Prescott’s 52-page report to the councillors said the plan was a ‘substantial overdevelopment of the site’, lacked outdoor space for pupils, and would lead to the loss of protected trees.

It said it ‘fails to achieve any of minumum standards set’ in the latest government guidelines for all schools.

Planning committee chairman Dave Smith said: “Tauheedul Trust are discussing other sites with us. I do not expect it to proceed any further with the YMCA proposal.”

Leading opponent Ansar Ali, of Clarence Street, said: “We are pleased at the decision.

“Hopefully this means the end of this plan for Edinburgh House.

“It was the wrong proposal in the wrong place.

“I hope to see a more appropriate development there and hope Taudeedul can find a suitable site for its school.”

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1:59pm Sun 22 Jun 14

mmickk says...

I cannot for the life of me understand why this was pursued for so long when clearly with the narrow streets it was not fit for purpose. A lot of people have wasted time and money on this for what to make a statement? Its clear that it will be a brilliant school more than likely one of the best in the country yet there was a seriously uneducated misjudgement on this. Now hopefully they will find somewhere good enough with plenty of open space for the pupils to exercise as well as learn.
I cannot for the life of me understand why this was pursued for so long when clearly with the narrow streets it was not fit for purpose. A lot of people have wasted time and money on this for what to make a statement? Its clear that it will be a brilliant school more than likely one of the best in the country yet there was a seriously uneducated misjudgement on this. Now hopefully they will find somewhere good enough with plenty of open space for the pupils to exercise as well as learn. mmickk
  • Score: 17

3:29pm Sun 22 Jun 14

mrdd186 says...

Mr Prescott’s 52-page report to the councillors said the plan was a ‘substantial overdevelopment of the site’, lacked outdoor space for pupils, and would lead to the loss of protected trees.

It said it ‘fails to achieve any of minumum standards set’ in the latest government guidelines for all schools.
the question I would ask, is how did Blackburn planning passed this in the first place when the school failed to meet any minimum standards,
Mr Prescott’s 52-page report to the councillors said the plan was a ‘substantial overdevelopment of the site’, lacked outdoor space for pupils, and would lead to the loss of protected trees. It said it ‘fails to achieve any of minumum standards set’ in the latest government guidelines for all schools. the question I would ask, is how did Blackburn planning passed this in the first place when the school failed to meet any minimum standards, mrdd186
  • Score: 20

7:51pm Sun 22 Jun 14

ossydave says...

Those who agree to single faith schools, please take a look at the world outside. They cause more harm than good.
Those who agree to single faith schools, please take a look at the world outside. They cause more harm than good. ossydave
  • Score: 8

9:54pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Reasons says...

there is about 4 already in the vicinity so why was 1 more needed .Common sense prevails
there is about 4 already in the vicinity so why was 1 more needed .Common sense prevails Reasons
  • Score: 7

9:57am Mon 23 Jun 14

blackburn_citizen says...

Aa parent of child attending TIBHS this does come as a little bit of good news. this is because as much as it was convenient the space ceertainly was not adequate to accommodate 700 pupils. yes it may have had the rooms but it is important children have spaces to escape too during their breaks and lunches.

i just hope that TIBHS now actually applies some thought behind the choice of its location and adopts a more child friendly environment. Its also time for TIBHS to deliver on the promise it has been making to parents over the last few years regarding a suitable facility for its pupils.

that doesnt take away from its outstanding educational approach, the above would enhance to what is already a school paents, pupils and the town can be proud of.
Aa parent of child attending TIBHS this does come as a little bit of good news. this is because as much as it was convenient the space ceertainly was not adequate to accommodate 700 pupils. yes it may have had the rooms but it is important children have spaces to escape too during their breaks and lunches. i just hope that TIBHS now actually applies some thought behind the choice of its location and adopts a more child friendly environment. Its also time for TIBHS to deliver on the promise it has been making to parents over the last few years regarding a suitable facility for its pupils. that doesnt take away from its outstanding educational approach, the above would enhance to what is already a school paents, pupils and the town can be proud of. blackburn_citizen
  • Score: 9

10:50pm Mon 23 Jun 14

No_nonsense says...

As many as 8 out of 9 labour councilors voted against the school! One had even nerve to lecture about the location being unsuitable etc! And yet these are the people who promised at the time of election to deliver the school at this location! Two faced politicians!
As many as 8 out of 9 labour councilors voted against the school! One had even nerve to lecture about the location being unsuitable etc! And yet these are the people who promised at the time of election to deliver the school at this location! Two faced politicians! No_nonsense
  • Score: 8

11:24pm Mon 23 Jun 14

mmcampbell says...

I'd like to know how much taxpayers funds and council resources were wasted on this planning fiasco? Blackburn with Darwen council, true figures please?
I'd like to know how much taxpayers funds and council resources were wasted on this planning fiasco? Blackburn with Darwen council, true figures please? mmcampbell
  • Score: 6

11:58am Tue 24 Jun 14

salvadore says...

Sad that the school didn't get permission to be located at the YMCA site. It's especially sad that the dispute between the karbhari brothers complicated the issue. Yes the streets are narrow but they are so for many schools st.silas, st.lukes etc. shall we ask them to move out too. Infact st.silas was redeveloped by the council on the same I wonder If the council looked at the regulations when doing such a thing. The issue is simple schools are there for the communities it serves. Tauheedul boys serves the shear Brow ward in the main so it should be located in that area. The losers here are the Muslim boys who have been let down by the greedy short sighted people. I can't seem to avoid thinking that there's some vindictiveness against tauheedul as a whole. People can't stand the fact it's so successful. These are the very people who don't so anything to improve our children's education and have a go at those who do.
I for one hope that YMCA site stays as it is in its present state. A place where drug dealers and druggies reside and destroy the surrounding environment. In saying that it actually might suit some of the neighbours of YMCA knowing their history, they've got ready made customers next door.
Sad that the school didn't get permission to be located at the YMCA site. It's especially sad that the dispute between the karbhari brothers complicated the issue. Yes the streets are narrow but they are so for many schools st.silas, st.lukes etc. shall we ask them to move out too. Infact st.silas was redeveloped by the council on the same I wonder If the council looked at the regulations when doing such a thing. The issue is simple schools are there for the communities it serves. Tauheedul boys serves the shear Brow ward in the main so it should be located in that area. The losers here are the Muslim boys who have been let down by the greedy short sighted people. I can't seem to avoid thinking that there's some vindictiveness against tauheedul as a whole. People can't stand the fact it's so successful. These are the very people who don't so anything to improve our children's education and have a go at those who do. I for one hope that YMCA site stays as it is in its present state. A place where drug dealers and druggies reside and destroy the surrounding environment. In saying that it actually might suit some of the neighbours of YMCA knowing their history, they've got ready made customers next door. salvadore
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Reasons says...

Well at least 4 schools /madressas and mosques (unofficial and official) in that area already with traffic problems galore .When questioned for each building people are told ,,,oh its ok we will walk there !! Truth is they don't walk .cars cars cars in an already built up area so common sense has prevailed
Well at least 4 schools /madressas and mosques (unofficial and official) in that area already with traffic problems galore .When questioned for each building people are told ,,,oh its ok we will walk there !! Truth is they don't walk .cars cars cars in an already built up area so common sense has prevailed Reasons
  • Score: 10

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