A rich businessman's plans to build a 50ft-high Islamic tomb on his green belt land has enraged neighbours who say the domed mausoleum will be a blot on the landscape in their affluent village.
Sajid Ghaffar, 31, wants the "mizaar" to mark the last resting place of his father Abdul who was buried 100 yards from the family home after permission was granted by the Registrar of Births and Deaths. Local people say more than 200 cars turned up for the funeral last year and they are concerned that the tomb will attract regular visitors, blocking country lanes.
More than 60 neighbours have signed a petition objecting to the memorial at Pentwyn Farm, Lisvane, near Cardiff. One said: "It won't fit into the local countryside. It will be an eyesore which people will be able to see for miles around. People are concerned it will affect the value of their property – some of the wealthiest people in Wales live nearby."
Lisvane community council objected to the tomb, saying its height would be "intrusive".
Cardiff council yesterday recommended planning permission be refused because of the mausoleum's appearance, siting, size and scale.
The planning committee's report said: "It constitutes an incongruous development that would cause unacceptable harm to the character and landscape value of the area.
"It is considered that the proposed use does not fall within the categories typically associated with the countryside."
David Walker, a local councillor, said: "This is a green belt and it's totally inappropriate to build something like this.
"It's nothing to do with religion – it would be on a hillside in open countryside in full view of the surrounding area and would stick out like a sore thumb.
"Local people have objected to it and I support them."GOOD.
THEY ARE NOT COMING HERE TO BECOME MORE WESTERN; THEY HAVE COME HERE TO COLONIZE AND TAKE OVER.