Revealed: Plans for the site of Islamic school closed by Newham Council

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:30 02 May 2019

Alif Academy will be turned into a 21-room home. Pic: Rachael Burford

Alif Academy will be turned into a 21-room home. Pic: Rachael Burford


New plans for a former independent Islamic school which was shut down by the council have been revealed.

Plans have been submitted to transform the former Alif Academy in Katherine Road, Forest Gate, into a house of multiple occupation with 21 rooms..

The school was closed by Newham Council for failing to meet planning conditions in July 2015.

The new proposals, which are recommended for approval, will see seven bedrooms on each floor. Fourteen would be big enough to be rented out to couples, according to council officers.

The report says: “Overall the proposed development, subject to compliance with recommended conditions will constitute a neighbourly development.

“It is considered that whilst the development proposed does not represent the highest quality for which is sought, compared to the existing rundown and underused nature of the site, the development would improve the quality of the site and its setting.”

Newham council's local development committee will vote on the plans, submitted by Ayyub and Iqbal Ayyub, on April 29.

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