A mosque serving Preston’s Sunni Muslim community for over 30 years has applied for an extension.
Trustees of the Madina-e-Aqsa on Fishwick Parade have applied to the city council to add a two storey extension to the rear of the mosque.
A statement in support of the application prepared by Trevor Hobday said: “The proposed extension is essential and necessary. Its location at the rear of the Mosque is the only place it can go.
“These consequent improvements to the facilities will serve only the existing members of the Mosque community.
“The Mosque is a very specific and cultural facility. It has been in place on Fishwick Parade for over 30 years. It serves only the Hanfi Sunni Muslim Community in this location and it will continue to do so.”
The extension will add 285 square metres of additional floorspace.
The Mosque takes over a number of terraced properties between 95-101 Fishwick Parade.
Trustees at the Mosque say 95 per cent of the community attending the mosque reside within 750m of the building.
The report to the city council says the plans have been presented to the local community and been on display since June 2012.
Lancashire Police say they have no objections to the proposal but do ask for glazing on the second floor of the extension to be obscured glass to avoid any potential disputes with neighbouring properties.
Anyone wishing to comment on the plans should visit the council website where the full plans can be viewed.
Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference number 06/2013/0536 by Wednesday 28 August.