The planned Broughton Mosque has been given the go ahead by the Secretary of State.Advertisement
The application from Cassidy+Ashton had been approved by Preston City Council in February last year before being called-in by the government.
This decision to grant permission follows a public inquiry in August.
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The application for the new place of worship on land to the south of D’Urton Lane sparked a mix of responses within the Broughton community, with concerns raised about potential impact on traffic levels and the local surroundings.
Angela Nicholls, Clerk to Broughton in Amounderness Parish Council, said local councillors are “disappointed” with the decision.
Angela said: “As councillors we listened to the residents’ views and voted considering the needs of the entire community. We believed it was the right thing to do to turn down the application and maintained our position until we reached the end of the democratic process.
“We are disappointed with the Planning Inspectors’ decisions to allow the development to go ahead. Broughton Parish Council has no issues with another place of worship in the Parish; the proposed site will cause issues with the local transport network and the setting of the parish church, as well as this structure showing over development of the site.”
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In the decision letter, Lucy Frazer, minister of state for housing and planning, addressed the concerns that had been raised.
However the application was favoured due to the design of the mosque – which was created by London’s Luca Poian Forms as part of an international RIBA competition – and the need for a place of worship for local Muslims.
Alban Cassidy, director of Cassidy+Ashton, told Place North West he is “delighted” by the outcome.
Alban said: “We have always argued that the overwhelming need for a mosque in Broughton and North Preston due to the growing Muslim population and the outstanding quality of the architecture justified planning permission being granted.
“It is so pleasing that first Preston City Council, then the planning inspector, and now the secretary of state have agreed with us.
“This will be a wonderful landmark for the city to be enjoyed by the whole community for many years to come.”
The planning approval for the mosque covers the scheme’s outline application, with a reserved matters application set to be submitted in due course.
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