A plan to add a single storey extension to the rebuilt Fulwood mosque has been approved.Advertisement
Councillors debated for an hour whether the Masjid- E-Salaam mosque, which is currently being rebuilt on Watling Street Road, should be allowed an addition to its proposal.
The Preston Muslim Society applied for permission to add the extension which would be a Janazah, where the dead are kept in the Islamic faith before burial.
The application was called in by College ward councillor Bobby Cartwright who felt there wasn’t enough information about the proposal.
She said, addressing the planning committee: “Without the digging by local residents there was no enough information on this application. Of the reports included with the application only one and a half pages were dedicated to this extension.
“This has been a controversial application and if it’s such an important room in the Islamic faith why was it not included in the original plans?”
The mosque sits within the Fulwood Conservation Area and was allowed under appeal after the city council’s planning committee initially rejected it.
Chair of the committee councillor Brian Rollo said the extension had been included in the 2010 plans but not in the 2012 plans which were approved.
Councillor Javed Iqbal, Garrison, addressed the committee stating the rooms are not a feature of every mosque and it depends on whether other mosques had these facilities already. He said around a quarter of mosques had one.
Councillors debated the access to the extension, with concerns raised about residents being able to view the dead being carried into the extension. Council officers assured the committee a wall at the back would restrict any such views.
Councillor Thomas Davies, Preston Rural East, proposed a deferment and site visit to get a better understanding of the application but it was voted down by the rest of the committee.
The committee eventually voted almost unanimously in favour of the extension being approved.
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