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A PLAN to build an Islamic school on Sydney's southwestern outskirts was last night rejected by Camden Council, which insisted the decision had been made purely on planning grounds.

However, some of the 200 residents who attended the meeting at Camden Civic Centre took the decision as a victory against Islamic radicalism.

All nine councillors voted unanimously to reject the application by the Qu'ranic Society for a school for 1200 students.

They argued that they had done so because a planning report to the council said it was an inappropriate development for the semi-rural area and would create traffic, parking and other problems.

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