PLANS for the $6.8 million Elermore Vale mosque are dead, after the NSW Land and Environment Court dismissed an appeal by the Newcastle Muslim Association.
The decision will end any prospect of reviving the plan.
A new zoning plan, expected to be formally adopted within weeks, will prohibit a ‘‘place of worship’’ at the Croudace Road site.
Commissioner Sue Morris, in her judgment handed down this morning, said individual factors, viewed in isolation, were not enough to refuse the development.
"However, when considered cumulatively, they go to the council’s intention that the application, if approved, would have an adverse impact on the amenity of adjoining residents and the adjacent locality which confirms the site is not suitable for the proposed development,’’ commissioner Morris wrote.
‘‘Accordingly, the application should be refused.’’
Newcastle councillor Mike Jackson said he welcomed the decision.
“Overall the cumulative effect of the development clearly showed that it was unsuitable for the site and its approval would have led to a very poor planning outcome for the residents of Elermore Vale,’’ Cr Jackson said.
“I would encourage council officers to work with NMA to find a more suitable place for their regional facility”.