Mosque is set to ex­pand

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

PLANS to ex­pand a mosque have been ap­proved by Rossendale coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment con­trol com­mit­tee.

De­vel­oper Mr Haruk Miah ap­plied to change the use of the up­per floors of Shah Jalal Masjid in Rawten­stall - housed in the for­mer coun­cil of­fices and law courts on Grange Street.

The new space will be used for teach­ing chil­dren and as a place for the com­mu­nity to hold meet­ings. Res­i­dents sent in five ob­jec­tions - all re­lat­ing to park­ing pro­vi­sion.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Michael Pickup spoke against the ap­pli­ca­tion at the meet­ing.

He said: “When wor­ship­pers are vis­it­ing the mosque, the area is awash with ve­hi­cles.”

How­ever, com­mit­tee mem­bers unan­i­mously voted in favour of the pro­pos­als, which in­cluded a spe­cific travel plan.

Speak­ing out­side the meet­ing, Ms Nixie Ed­wards, of plan­ning agents Hus­sain De­signs, said the build­ing is at its busiest on Fri­day evenings, when be­tween 50 and 60 wor­ship­pers at­tend.

Mr Miah has separately ap­plied to re­de­velop the mosque’s for­mer site on Longholme Road into of­fices.

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