Category Archives: Save The Islamic Academy of Manchester

Islamic Academy Building Vacated

As most of you are aware, we have now vacated the Islamic Academy building (19 Chorlton Terrace, off Upper Brook St, M13 9AJ). The last Jumuah was held yesterday and was very emotional given all our memories there over so many years. We pray that Allah accepts all our ibadah at that site and forgives us for our shortcomings.

For the time being, we will be based solely at City Jami’ Masjid (118 South St, Longsight, M12 4DT).

We will insha’Allah relocate the Academy within Ardwick as soon as possible. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Jazakumullahu khairan to everyone who has helped us with the removal work since yesterday.

Future of The Islamic Academy of Manchester: Update Post- Planning Meeting January 2015

Alhamdulillah, Church Converts have agreed to offer us an extension on our lease until 28th February 2015. We will keep you informed of any further developments.

Future of The Islamic Academy of Manchester: Update Post- Planning Meeting January 2015

Inna lilla wa inna ilaihi rajiun. Our planning application was rejected by the Council at the meeting on 22nd January 2015. We will keep everyone informed of any further developments. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates.

We wish to emphasise that our campaign for relocation over the past couple of years has focused on negotiating with the Council, given that we were their tenants for 40 years, and not the company who acquired the site from them (Church Converts LLP).

Although they were under no legal obligation to assist us, the Directors of Church Converts have been extremely helpful, co-operative and understanding of our desire to keep our community facility running. Despite obtaining planning permission for redevelopment in February 2014, they have provided us with a number of extensions on our lease. This gesture has meant that we have been able to continue our congregational prayers and other services going, whilst we have searched for an alternate site.

We would like to convey our thanks to the Directors of Church Converts for co-operating with us during this difficult time.

Important Annoucement – Future of The Islamic Academy of Manchester: Update January 2015

The planning application for our alternative site will be considered at the next Planning and Highways Committee on Thursday 22nd January 2015. The meeting commences at 2 PM in the Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester.

As things stand currently, our lease at the current site expires on 31st January 2015.

We request your du’as that we are successful in keeping the work activities of the Academy going.

Jazakumullahu khairan for your support.

Important Annoucement – Future of The Islamic Academy of Manchester: Update December 2014

Further to our previous announcement, Alhamdulillah, we have managed to secure a final extension in our current building until 31st January 2015 from the property developers. Note this is a lease for partial use of the building as since October. We will continue to retain usage of the upstairs prayer room, wudhu area and toilets. .

Our planning application for the alternative site is under consideration. We will know the outcome of this before the end of January insha’Allah. For further information about this please speak to the Imam or one of the trustees.

We thank you for your continued support and du’as.

Jazakumullahu khairan.

Board of Trustees.

The Islamic Academy of Manchester

Important Annoucement – Future of The Islamic Academy of Manchester: Update October 2014

We announced in April that we must vacate The Academy by 16th October 2014 for redevelopment work. Alhamdulillah, we have managed to secure a further extension until 31st December 2014 from the property developers. Note this is a lease for partial use of the building. We will retain usage of the upstairs prayer room, wudhu area and toilets. Hence, all classes will be held upstairs from the 16th of October as we will not be permitted access to any of the rooms on the ground floor.

This 3 month extension allows us to continue our services Alhamdulillah whilst our planning application at an alternative site is under consideration. For further information about this please speak to the Imam or one of the trustees.

We thank you for your continued support and du’as.

Jazakumullahu khairan.

Board of Trustees.

The Islamic Academy of Manchester

Important Annoucement – Future of The Islamic Academy of Manchester

All legal action and negotiations with the property developers, Church Converts (Manchester), are now over. The Islamic Academy have successfully managed to secure a further 6 month extension following which we MUST vacate the building for redevelopment work to commence.

The date by which we must vacate the building is 16th October 2014. This means that we will spend one final Ramadhan in the building and celebrate both Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha here one last time, insha’Allah.

Our search for alternative accommodation is ongoing. For this we need your continued support and du’as. Once we locate another suitable place insha’Allah, we will need your financial support for the move to be viable.

Board of Trustees.

The Islamic Academy of Manchester

24th April 2014

Ardwick Drop in Advice Sessions and Surgeries

A number of local residents have been in touch asking how they can arrange to speak to the local councillors in Ardwick to discuss the Islamic Academy situation. The councillors hold weekly surgeries which residents should attend to discuss the situation until some solution is found. The details are below:

Every Monday at 6.00 pm (Excluding Bank Holidays)
Ida Kinsey Centre
17 Guide Post Road
M13 9HP

Ardwick Ward Meeting – Future of The Islamic Academy of Manchester

As most of you are now aware, sadly at the Planning and Highways Committee meeting which took place on February 13th, the councillors voted in favour of the proposed redevelopment of The Islamic Academy of Manchester building and the adjacent site to student apartments. Clearly, it was very disheartening for all of us to hear this news but we would like to thank all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to collect petition signatures, write letters to local councillors and MPs and generally raise awareness of our campaign which began in Ramadhan 2013. Your efforts are not wasted. We pray you are rewarded abundantly for your hard work, purely for the sake of Allah.

We are actively seeking alternative premises in the vicinity but have currently not come across any suitable venues. If you can help us in this endeavour we would be keen to hear from you.

We are also in regular discussions with local Councillors and are hoping that the Council will be able to provide us with an alternative building so that we can continue to provide for the needs of the local community around Ardwick and Brunswick. Many of you have spoken to us about your concern of losing the Academy. You should continue to lobby your local councillors (particularly if you live in the vicinity of the Academy) so that they know how important a mosque and community centre in this area is to you. The entire area is being redeveloped under a multi-million pound package but unfortunately no provision for a mosque in the area has been considered in these plans.

If you wish to air your concerns, please attend the forthcoming Ardwick Ward Meeting which will take place on Tuesday 11 March at 3 PM. The venue is:
The Community Hut, Grounds of Richmond Park Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), Langport Avenue, Longsight.

Note these meetings only take place every 3 months and will be attended by councillors and the regeneration team. It is an important opportunity to have your say in key developments of the area, and the future of the Academy in Ardwick.

The meeting venue is close to Jamia Islamia, South Street. If you wish to attend the meeting with others from the Academy, please meet at 2.30 PM at the Islamic Academy of Manchester.

Note, the Academy is still open as normal Alhamdulillah for classes, daily prayers and Jumuah. We will inform you as soon as we know that circumstances are about to change.

Please pray that the Academy can continue to serve the local community of Ardwick and Brunswick.

Planning and Highways Committee Meeting Agenda Feb 13th 2014

Planning and Highways Committee
Date: Thursday 13 February 2014
Time: 12.30 pm
Venue: Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Everyone is welcome to attend this committee meeting.

Access to the Council Chamber
Public access to the Council Chamber is over the bridge from level 2 of the old Town Hall building. There is no public access from within the Town Hall Extension. The bridge has a moderate incline so if you have limited mobility you
may wish to call 0161 234 3241 for information on alternative access.

Membership of the Committee
Councillors –
Ahmed, Shaukat Ali, Nasrin Ali, Boyes, Curley, Ellison, Fender, Flanagan, Kamal, Keller, Loughman (Chair), Lyons, Siddiqi and Watson
Planning and Highways Committee Agenda

1 Urgent Business
To consider any items which the Chair has agreed to
have submitted as urgent.
2 Appeals
To consider any appeals from the public against refusal to
allow inspection of background documents and/or the
inclusion of items in the confidential part of the agenda.
3 Interests
To allow Members an opportunity to [a] declare any
personal or prejudicial interests they might have in any
items which appear on this agenda; and [b] record any
items from which they are precluded from voting as a
result of Council Tax/Council rent arrears. Members with
a personal interest should declare that interest at the start
of the item under consideration. If members also have a
prejudicial interest they must withdraw from the meeting
during the consideration of the item.
4 Minutes
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting
held on 16 January 2014 (enclosed).
5 Planning Application – 502-504 Wilbraham Road
Chorlton Manchester M21 9AW
Planning Application Number – 103494/FO/2013/S1
Chorlton Ward
6 Planning Application – Site Of Existing Car Park
Serving Hough End Playing Fields Junction of
Princess Road Withington Manchester
Planning Application Number – 104518/VO/2013/S1
Chorlton Park
7 Planning Application – Site Of The Former Oakwood
High School (lower) Darley Avenue Chorlton Cum
Hardy Manchester
Planning Application Number – 104437/FO/2013/S1
Chorlton Park
8 Planning Application – 319 Wilmslow Road
Fallowfield Manchester M14 6NW
Planning Application Number – 104419/FU/2013/S1
Fallowfield Ward
Planning and Highways Committee
9 Planning Application – Land To The North And West
Of Hollyhedge Court And To The North And East Of
Benchill Court, Hollyhedge Road Benchill Manchester
M22 4QP
Planning Application Number – 104370/FO/2013/S2
Sharston Ward
10 Planning Application – Land To The South Of
Ringway Road; The East & West Of Styal Road And
West Of The Styal Railway Line Manchester
Planning Application Number – 104094/FO/2013/S2
Woodhouse Park
11 Planning Application – United Buildings 80-82
Oldham Street Manchester M4 1LF
Planning Application Number – 103101/FO/2013/C2
Ancoats and
Clayton Ward
12 Planning Application – 116 Hill Lane Blackley
Manchester M9 6PW
Planning Application Number – 104553/FO/2013/N1
Higher Blackley
13 Number not used
14 Planning Application – Former Jackson Brickworks
Site Off Ten Acres Lane Newton Heath Manchester
Planning Application Number – 098689/OO/2012/N1
Miles Platting
and Newton
Heath Ward
15 Planning Application – Etihad Stadium Etihad
Campus Manchester M11 3FF
Planning Application Number – 104315/FO/2013/N2
Bradford Ward
16 Planning Application – Land Between The Railway
Line And Gorton Monastery Gorton Manchester
Planning Application Number – 104446/FO/2013/N2
Gorton North
17 Planning Application – 55 To 65 Hathersage Road
Victoria Park Manchester M13 0EW 13 0EW
Planning Application Number – 104036/OO/2013/N2
Ardwick Ward
18 Planning Application – Former Welsh Baptist Chapel
And Islamic Academy Of Manchester 19 Upper Brook
Street Ardwick Manchester M13 9AJ
Planning Application Number – 102531/FO/2013/N2 &
Ardwick Ward
Planning and Highways Committee
19 Planning Application – 121 Clarence Road Longsight
Manchester M13 0YJ
Planning Application Number – 104354/FO/2013/N2
Longsight Ward
20 Planning Application – Lahori Karahi & Chargha 824
Stockport Road Levenshulme Manchester M19 3AW
Planning Application Number – 104428/JO/2013/N2
21 Planning Application – St. Andrews C Of E Primary
School Broom Avenue Levenshulme Manchester M19
Planning Application Number – 104479/FO/2013/N2

Planning and Highways Committee Meeting Procedure
At the beginning of the meeting the Chair may state if there any applications which the Chair is proposing should not be considered. This may be in response to a request by the applicant for deferral, or officers wishing to undertake further
discussions, or requests for a site visit. The Committee will then decide whether to agree to the deferral. If deferred, an application will not be considered any further. The Chair will explain to members of the public how the meeting will be conducted, as follows:
1. The Planning Officer will advise the meeting of any late representations that
have been received since the report was written.
2. The officer will state at this stage if the recommendation of the Head of
Planning in the printed report has changed.
3. ONE objector will be allowed to speak for up to 4 minutes. If a number of
objectors wish to make representations on the same item, the Chair will invite
them to nominate a spokesperson.
4. The Applicant, Agent or their representative will be allowed to speak for up to 4 minutes.
5. Members of the Council not on the Planning and Highways Committee will be
able to speak for up to 4 minutes.
6. Members of the Planning and Highways Committee will be able to question the planning officer and respond to issues that have been raised. The
representative of the Highways Services or the City Solicitor as appropriate
may also respond to comments made. Only members of the Planning and Highways Committee may ask questions of the officers. All other interested parties make statements only.
The Committee having heard all the contributions will determine the application. The Committee’s decision will in most cases be taken under delegated powers and will therefore be a final decision.
If the Committee decides it is minded to refuse an application, they must request the Head of Planning to consider its reasons for refusal and report back to the next meeting as to whether there were relevant planning considerations that could reasonably sustain a decision to be minded to refuse.
Planning and Highways Committee
Information about the Committee
The Council has delegated to the Planning and Highways Committee authority to
determine planning applications, however, in exceptional circumstances the
Committee may decide not to exercise its delegation in relation to a specific
application but to make recommendations to the full Council.
It is the Council’s policy to consult people as fully as possible before making decisions that affect them. Members of the public do not have a right to speak at meetings but the Committee will usually allow applicants and objectors to address them for up to four minutes. If you have a special interest in an item on the agenda and want to speak, tell the Committee Officer, who will pass on your request to the Chair. Groups of people will usually be asked to nominate a spokesperson.
The Council is concerned to ensure that its meetings are as open as possible and
confidential business is kept to the strict minimum. When confidential items are
involved these are considered at the end of the meeting at which point members of the public are asked to leave.
Sir Howard Bernstein
Chief Executive
Town Hall, Albert Square
Manchester, M60 2LA
Further Information
For help, advice and information about this meeting please contact the Committee
Officer: Ian Jones
Tel: 0161 234 3042
Fax: 0161 274 7017
This agenda was issued on 5 February 2014 by the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit, Manchester City Council, Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA.