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Plans for Broughton mosque look set for refusal

Posted on - 7th July, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Housing, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
A concrete barrier has been placed near the proposed entrance to the mosque in D'Urton Lane, Broughton Pic: Blog Preston
An offensive concrete barrier has been placed near the proposed entrance to the mosque in D’Urton Lane, Broughton Pic: Blog Preston

New plans for Broughton mosque look like they may be refused by the planning comittee.

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The application set out plans for a place of worship with parking facilities to be built on D’Urton Lane.

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However, reasons for refusal include the lack of design and plan available for the building.

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This is due to the design and layout being part of a competition.

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Another reason the Preston City Council planning officers have recommended refusal is due to it being located in the open countryside.

The refusal recommendation also mentions that it would cause ‘an unacceptable impact of highway safety’ due to parking regulations in that area.

Councillor Pat Hastings, Broughton Parish council chairman said: “The Parish Council welcomes Preston City Council’s officers report recommending refusal to this application for “Access only” for a ‘place of worship’.

“The Parish Council is concerned about the fact that no design or plan is available especially as this building will be part of the historic setting for the church hamlet. The key issue is the inadequate parking for the proposed number of adults attending services. In addition there will a high volume of traffic on D’Urton Lane and surrounding roads with the steep access to the site being across the Guild Wheel.”

The area where the mosque would be located Pic: RIBA

The original proposal includes access to the building provided from the existing access on the south side of D’Urton Lane which would be amended to form a T-junction with pedestrian access either side of the access.

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450 worshippers would be able to fit in the mosque at any one time with 146 car parking spaces.

However, the proposed site was recently subject to racist grafitti.

Anonymous leaflets were also posted through doors opposing the plans.

The agent for the application is Cassidy+Ashton.

Plans are due to be heard and decided by the city council’s planning committee on Thursday

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