Work to begin on Watling Street Road mosque
Controversial plans to build a multi-million pound mosque in Preston are set to get under way soon.
The plans to build the mosque on Watling Street Road, Fulwood, have been on the table since 2008.
The mosque was accepted by the council before being thrown out, but trustees of the organisation applying for planning permission appealed the decision and were granted permission in July 2011.
The council had refused the plans due to traffic concerns and the size of the mosque having a detrimental impact on the Fulwood Conservation area.
However planning inspectors found the mosque would respect the appearance of the Conservation Area and not pose any danger to highway or pedestrian safety.
Faisel Mansoor, trustee of the Preston Muslim Society Masjid-E-Salaam, said: “Our members are overjoyed and relived now that the works have started to build a new purpose mosque.
“The development has the potential to make a positive contribution to the appearance and character of the area, complementing existing buildings, while also providing modern facilities for worshippers.”
The new mosque will replace the existing Masjid-e-Salaam building on Watling Street Road and will be eight stories tall. The prayer hall will hold 145 people, while eight classrooms and an IT room are also being built.
A car park with room for 47 cars will also be created.
The construction work is estimated to take two years to complete.
Masjid-e-Salaam have recently applied for planning permission to build a temporary single storey mosque on Kingsfold Avenue near Sharoe Green Lane while the main mosque is being converted.
Lancashire county councillor Frank De Molfetta said he didn’t expect any complaints about the temporary mosque.
He said: “There’s been a lot of objections in the past but I think that is history now.
“The trustees are aware of the residents’ concerns and will be monitoring the situation. The mosque will only be used temporarily until construction is complete.”