RESIDENTS packed the Caversham Hall last week to protest against a development application for an Islamic mosque in the area.
The Swan Valley Progress Association called the meeting on January 20 to hear the views of the developers and City of Swan planners.
Association chairman Rod Henderson said 250 people attended the meeting, and that most of them did not want the mosque developed.
“In section eight of the Swan Valley Planning Act, it is very clear and specific about what can be built,” Mr Henderson said.
“This is not welcome in this area.”
In the application to the City of Swan, the mosque is set to be developed on the corner of Benara Road and Smallbrook Retreat in Caversham.
Mr Henderson said the 1356sqm proposed development is clearly not in keeping with the area.
The proposal includes a 22m minaret, and what Mr Henderson says are inadequate parking spaces.
“We had almost 250 people at the meeting, and there were cars lining the streets,” Mr Henderson said.
According to the application, there are 77 car bays for the mosque, and Mr Henderson said the developers believed cars travelling to prayers would carry more than four people. Up to 350 people are expected for the main prayer each Friday.
Public submissions of comment close on February 2. Mr Henderson said the SVPA would oppose the development, submitting a lengthy petition with their objection.