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Early plans lodged for new mosque on land off Broughton roundabout

Posted on - 9th April, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Fulwood, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
The area where the mosque will be located Pic: RIBA

An application has been submitted for a new mosque to be built off Broughton roundabout.

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Outline plans include construction of a new build place of worship, with features including parking facilities and access works from the existing track off D’Urton Lane.

Currently the site is an area of vacant grassland and was formerly used as a temporary construction compound and storage area for Lancashire County Council.

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134 new car parking spaces are included in the plans as well as 12 disability spaces on the site close to the M55, A6 and M6 junction at Broughton.

The area where the mosque will be located Pic: RIBA

Pat Hastings, Chair of Broughton Parish Council said: “The place of worship, mosque, is on the Agenda for the parish council meeting next Tuesday after which the Parish Council will respond.

“It is very difficult to review this application against planning regulations due to the lack of detail. All we have to go on is the RIBA competition specification with a timeline that will not agree the design until the summer.

“We welcome debate and comments from Broughton parishioners which will add to our understanding of the communities viewpoint.”

Entrance to land off D'urton Lane in Broughton earmarked for a proposed new mosque Pic: Blog Preston
Entrance to land off D’urton Lane in Broughton earmarked for a proposed new mosque Pic: Blog Preston

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The applicant for these outline plans is the Cassidy + Ashton Group and the full planning application can be seen on the Preston City Council website.

An international design competition is currently being held for full plans and drawings for the mosque to be selected.

Being run by the Royal Institute of British Architects the design competition states: “The intention is to produce a strong and bold design that is clearly identifiable as a place of worship but not necessarily to the extent that it is dominated by the traditional Islamic designs.

“Similarly, it is acceptable to have an element of Islamic flair or features but this is not paramount and if the building has minarets they should be subtle and modern in appearance. The building should have a clear focal point or strong design features which gives character and visibility at some distance.”

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