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Grafton Street mosque plans set to be approved

Posted on - 30th March, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Artists impression of how the mosque could look

Artists impression of how the mosque could look

Proposals for a new mosque and community centre off Fishergate Hill are set to be approved.

A former builder’s yard on Grafton Street will be demolished to house a new mosque.

The Preston Muslim Cultural Centre resubmitted plans for the building in February after increasing the amount of car parking available.

Planning officers have now recommended the plans for approval at the city’s planning committee on Monday.

Architects Aamir Designs had argued although in a residential area the mosque would be acceptable.

It said: “The previous use of the site as a builder’s yard for a roofing contractor would not be deemed acceptable under current guidelines.

“The vacant parcel of land which was subsequently blighted by fly-tipping is to be returned to a use which is suitable within a residential area.

“The overall complex including the current buildings represents a cohesive use of land and buildings leading into an established area, maintaining the frontage along Fishergate Hill, extending and improving the retained building on Grafton Street and adding a modern place of worship set within a courtyard.”

The full plans can be viewed on the council website.

Councillors will make a decision on whether the approve the mosque on Monday from 10am at the Town Hall.

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the proposals? Let us know in the comments below

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