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Property developer airbrushes mosque out

28th Dec 2018

Nadine Osman

A property developer has caused outrage after airbrushing a mosque out of shots for its luxury new apartments.

Fairview New Homes have unveiled the marketing campaign for their new £395,000 properties in Hornsey, north London.

But worshippers are furious that the London Islamic Cultural Society and Mosque has not been mentioned or pictured. Promoting the location of Altitude complex – Fairview describes Hornsey as ‘home to a lovely growing assortment of independent retailers and eateries, a great choice of cafés and plenty of antique or bric-a-brac shops.’

Photos show the tower block surrounded by leafy parkland along the river’s edge – with the mosque removed.

The developer adds: ‘The area also boasts a close-knit and friendly community with a good selection of schools and amenities. You will find banks, supermarkets and a post office, along with bars and restaurants such as The Three Compasses, Tomo pizzeria and the Great Northern Railway Tavern.’

A local butcher, Shakil Ahmad, 35, said: “They are pretending [the mosque] doesn’t exist. It’s unacceptable.”

A spokesman for Fairview New Homes said: “Computer-generated images (CGI) are created for all our developments to create a visual representation of how the completed development will look as a guide for buyers considering a purchase.

“As part of our plans for the Altitude development, which were approved by Haringey Council, we will be completing a full landscaping scheme, including planting trees on land between the development and the London Islamic Cultural Society and Mosque as is represented in the CGI.”

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