Residents close to the proposed Brick Veil Mosque have received a factsheet ahead of the planning inquiry.Advertisement
The government called-in the planning application for the Broughton mosque in April after it had been approved by Preston City Council in early February.
With the inquiry due to start on Tuesday 2 August, the leaflet has been posted through doors with the aim of giving residents ‘the full picture’ on the mosque.
It begins: “Thank you to the many people who have supported the project, which we hope will be an exciting development for Preston and one which will make us even stronger as a community.”
Explaining the reasons for building the mosque, the leaflet says: “For many of us, having a mosque close to where we live will make us feel much more at home, and provide a valuable place where Muslims and non-Muslims can come together in friendship.
“The mosque will provide an important place of worship for more than 300 Muslim families who live in this part of Preston.
“It will also be a hub for the whole community and a place where people from all faiths can come together in friendship, promoting the strong inter-faith bonds which are already such a positive part of our diverse city.”
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Several issues are addressed in the leaflet including traffic, parking, location and community use of the building.
It claims there will be no problems for road users because ‘the peak times for people arriving by car are different from the times when the local roads are busy’ and there will be ‘the highest ratio of parking spaces to worshippers of any mosque approved in England in recent years’.
On use, the leaflet states the plan is for the mosque to be used ‘by people right across the community, and not just by Muslims’, including older people and children with special educational needs.
For more information, visit the Brick Veil Mosque website.
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