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A group who help to rescue pubs from demolition or conversion have spoken out in support of a decision to refuse an application for a new mosque.

Around 200 people gathered outside a packed council chamber on Tuesday night as Waltham Forest Council's planning committee decided on the application from the Faizan-e-Islam organisation to convert the Waltham Oak in Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow.

The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), which supports communities to save their local pubs from closure and demolition, said it was "delighted" the bid was rejected.


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