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Planning Application – Save the Islamic Academy

The planning applications 102531/FO/2013/N2 and 102532/LO/2013/N2 which propose to convert the Islamic Academy building into student apartments will be considered by the Planning & Highways Committee at the meeting to be held at 12.30 pm on 13 February 2014 at the Town Hall, Manchester.

Please attend and show your support for the Islamic Academy.

Jazakumullahu khairan.

40 Years of Service to the Community

The Islamic Academy of Manchester was established in 1974 masha’Allah.


Save the Islamic Academy of Manchester – Appeal Update

We have had a number of requests for an update regarding our campaign to Save the Islamic Academy of Manchester. The latest situation is as follows:

– The date when the Planning and Highways Committee will consider the redevelopment plans has not yet been set by the Council. Hence, no decision has been made on Church Convert’s planning application yet.

– Church Converts have granted an extension of 3 months on the current lease up to 15th February 2014.

We will keep you informed of any further developments and would like to thank all of you for your support.



Save The Islamic Academy of Manchester – Appeal Video

Last Chance to Object

Last chance to email you comments to Manchester City Council and to sign the online petition.

Only hours to go!

Jazakumullahu khairan.

10 Easy Steps to Oppose Planning Application

We only have until 10th September 2013 to oppose the planning application. If you live in Manchester, you can follow the following easy steps to make a comment in opposition to the planning application:

1. Go to the Manchester City Council website link,

2. On the bottom of the page, click on “View Planning Applications”.

3. Enter Planning Application Reference N0. 102532.

4. You will be able to see the planning application.

5. To oppose the application, click on “Make a Public Comment”.

6. To make a comment, click on Register and Enter you details.

7. You will receive an email confirmation of your login details.

8. Open the email and click on the link in the email to activate your account.

9. After activating your account, please go the application and click on make a public comment  (For sample comments, see below).

10. Please strongly oppose this application.

If you need any further informationplease let us know and we can help you .

Sample Comments:

  • I strongly oppose the council’s decision to close this Mosque. We use it regularly and it serves not only as a place of worship for us but also helps the local community in various ways.
  • The Mosque is a great facility for all the local Muslim community for performing our religious duties. It is also a cultural heritage for Manchester. The place has always been a worship place serving Christians and Muslims and therefore its status should remain as a place of worship. I strongly oppose council’s decision to close this charitable organisation/religious public trust.

Please change them according to your own views and don’t only use the above two. There are just some points you can use when opposing the application. We need your help to save this Mosque for our community and future generations.


Save Islamic Academy Group.

Islamic Academy, English Heritage and MCC

Since our campaign started to save The Islamic Academy of Manchester, a number of people have asked about what actions we took previously to try and avert this situation. This letter from 2002 (from English Heritage North West to Heritage Lottery Fund) highlights the proposal we had developed with English Heritage and Manchester City Council, and our financial commitment to save the Welsh Baptist Church.

“We’ll fight plans to kick us out, say mosque leaders”


Manchester Evening News Article September 2nd 2013

Daily Ausaf Article on Islamic Academy

This article was published in the Daily Ausaf on 27th August 2013.


Save the Islamic Academy of Manchester – Urgent Action Points

We thank you all for the support that we have received to date in opposing the proposed redevelopment of The Islamic Academy of Manchester as postgraduate student flats. Below is a reminder of the various ways in which can help us. Note there is a sense of urgency now as the planning application consultation expiry date is 10th September 2013.
Below are some updated action points by which you can assist our campaign.
1. Object to the planning application
Reference: 102531/FO/2013/N2

– Contact the Head of Planning, Julie Roscoe, and the case officer, Sue Wills as
as soon as possible:
Email: (Julie Roscoe)
Email: (Sue Wills)
Postal address: Manchester City Council, P.O. Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA
Planning Department (to object in person): Manchester City Council, Planning Service, Number One First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN (Sat Nav M1 5DE)

When Objecting to the plans, in particular make reference to the eviction of the Islamic Academy of Manchester from the ‘Sunday School’ building to make flats.

– Make a comment directly via the Manchester Planning Portal. Links below:

Click on the ‘Make a Public Comment’ button – note you will have to Register and Log In before you can make your comment.

Make your own comment about what you object to but if possible stick to planning issues and try to refer back to the actual plans themselves.

2. Lobby the City Councillor and MP of your own ward and of the City Centre

The MP for the City Centre is Lucy Powell MP (
Postal address: Lucy Powell MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
3. Raise your concerns with English Heritage
(Historic Buildings Inspector,

4. Raise your concerns with your local councillors.

The councillors for the Ardwick Ward are:

Tina Hewitson: 0161 637 7045

Mavis Smitheman: 0161 683 5282

Bernard Priest: 0161 740 8407 (Home).

3. Sign the online petition,

4. Raise awareness of our campaign in the community

You can do this by spreading our petition link, asking people to take part in our campaign and joining our Facebook and Twitter pages.

5. Financial support for legal and campaign costs

You can quickly and easily make an online donation via the Donate page on our website or via Paypal (link on our homepage).

6. Moral support

We request your thoughts and prayers to help us succeed against this plan to turn a vibrant place of worship into unwanted student flats.

7. Contact the media outlets who have written misleading reports about the development plans.

These articles make no reference to the plight of The Islamic Academy (see our website for details of these articles which appeared in the Manchester Evening News and

Read 0ur full press statement by clicking here