Support to realize our dreams to have Sai temple in MK!

Support to realize our dreams to have Sai temple in MK!

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MK ShirdiSaiDevotees started this petition to Development Control Committee (Milton Keynes Council)

Petition to the Development Control Committee (DCC) of Milton Keynes Council to agree to the Planning Officer approving the Planning Application for a Temple and Community Centre at Tattenhoe.

The Planning Application (Ref-20/00551/FUL) for a Temple and Community Centre adjacent to Tattenhoe Sports Pavilion received a recommendation for approval from the Planning Officer of Milton Keynes Council in September 2020. This was achieved after almost three years of consistent effort and substantial funding for Consultants, by the Sai Temple Trust (SHITAL) and devotees, and after meeting every requirement of the Planning Regulations. The Temple and Community Centre is a long-standing requirement of a large number of local residents.

Since the start of the Application, there are some reservations, possibly influenced by the incorrect information and this Petition has become necessary to provide the facts & raise awareness and request the Development Control Committee to act lawfully in accordance with the recommendation of the Planning Officer and the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

Facts about the project…..

Local Centre - The Temple and Community Centre is meant to serve the residents living locally, by meeting their needs for a place of worship, social and cultural activities. It is the long-standing desire and dream of the community of Sai devotees to have a permanent place for such purposes, and to move out of the rented accommodation at Westcroft, used since 2011. The proposed facility is for the use of this same congregation, and not otherwise.

No impact on local traffic – The Temple and Community Centre is for locals who will be using it in the evenings of the weekends, and not during day time on weekdays or weekends. The Planning Officer has assessed the Application and found no anticipated impact on local traffic, due to the establishment of the Temple and Community Centre. There would be no overlap with the timings of Giles Brook School drop-off and pick-up, or of the Sports Pavilion’s activities during weekend mornings. As a matter of fact, the traffic congestion due to these activities could be eased because both the School and the Sports Pavilion will be allowed to use the Car Park at the Temple and Community Centre. We have an agreement in writing with the School, allowing us to use each other’s Car Parks, and a similar Agreement with the Sports Pavilion was being discussed but sadly, did not come to fruition. We request the DCC members to disregard any misleading information spread by people possibly due to incorrect information.

Additional Parking Spaces – The number of car parking spaces in the proposed Temple and Community Centre meets the planning requirement of the development, and as such the Planning Officer has recommended approval of the Application.

Public Sector Equality Duties – The DCC members should pay due regard to Milton Keynes Council’s Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) since the proposed Temple is primarily for the use of Hindus mainly of Indian origin, who are individuals with ‘protected characteristics’ as defined in the Equality Act 2010, due to ethnicity and religious beliefs.

The proposed Temple and Community Centre will help in meeting the aspirations of the Hindu community and realizing the long standing dream. The DCC members should act based on the merit / facts presented and approve the Planning Application for the peaceful coexistence of all communities and the development of Milton Keynes.

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