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REGENERATION HOUSING & NEIGHBOURHOODS DEPARTMENT
ADAM SCOTT, DIRECTOR REGENERATION HOUSING & NEIGHBOURHOODS
PLAN REF
10/06/0403
DEVELOPMENT
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mosque and madressa.
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REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR
Plan No. 10/06/0403
2.
Development:
Retrospective application for the demolition of 3 properties
and rebuilding for a mosque and madressa.
Address:
41-45 Granville Road, Blackburn.
Applicant:
Masjid E Anwaar (Mr Y Patel).
1.0
Details of Application
1.1
This application is before Committee as objections have been raised to the
proposal.
1.2
The proposal relates to the site of 3 former properties on the southern corner of
Granville Road and New Bank Road. These former properties were converted to
a Madressa (and later to include a mosque) following consent in 1999.
1.3
Following further consent for renovation of the 3 properties in 2003 they were
demolished and total rebuilding commenced.
1.4
The present application is an attempt to regularise the situation and amend the
substantial building work already on the site by alterations to roof and eaves
levels, roof design and design of elevations both to Granville Road and New Bank
Road frontages.
2.0
Development Plan
2.1
A portion of the site lies within the New Bank Road Major Neighbourhood Centre
with the remainder lying within the surrounding Primary Residential Area.
2.2
The development requires consideration under Policies R5 (Major Neighbourhood
Centres), H3 (Primary Residential Areas), H11 (Community Uses) and HD1
(Visual appearance of development).
2.3
The application should also be considered in regard to the Supplementary
Planning Guidance on Community Use within residential areas.
3.0
History
3.1
Permission was granted in July 1990 for alterations to the elevations of the shop
property at 41/43 Granville Road.
3.2
Permission was granted in August 1999 for the use of properties 41 and 43
Granville Road as a madressa and for the teaching of Community Languages.
This related to the use of the property by 35 children with hours of use of 1 p.m. to
Report Continued
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8 p.m. Monday to Sunday. Permission was given subject to conditions relating to
noise restriction, an odour control scheme, soundproofing to the adjoining dwelling
and the provision of an 8 cycle stand. It was noted in October 2000 that the use of
these properties had changed (under permitted provisions within the Town and
Country Planning Use Classes Order) to include use as a mosque.
3.3
Permission for the renovation and alteration of the existing properties at 41, 43,
and 45 Granville Road use as a mosque and madressa was given in October 2003
subject to conditions relating to restriction of noise, off street parking provision and
no external call to prayer. This was amended with rear and side extensions in
February 2005.
3.4
A retrospective application for total rebuilding of all building frontages, formation of
new roof, rear extension and fire escape was withdrawn in March 2006 due to the
submission of insufficient and inaccurate details.
3.5
A request for authorisation for enforcement action to secure demolition of this
unauthorised building at 41/43/45 Granville Road was deferred by Committee in
April 2006 and again in May 2006 in order to await the outcome of their
subsequent planning application to regularise the development at the site.
4.0
Consultations
4.1
The Environmental Health Manager has recommended the submission of a
scheme for the soundproofing of the wall of the adjoining dwelling.
4.2
Drainage have no objections to the development.
4.3
United Utilities have no objections.
4.4
The Environment Agency have no comments within the standard advice.
4.5
The Council’s Design Consultant has been involved in suggesting amendments to
the submitted proposal which are intended to achieve a satisfactory design of
building in terms of its bulk, overall size and elevational treatment.
4.6
Capita Highways have indicated that this proposal would attract a parking
requirement for 24 on site spaces (18 for the mosque and 6 for the madressa). No
parking is shown provided, nor can realistically be provided, on this site and the
area is already the subject of parking problems due to the terraced nature of
surrounding properties without off street parking. They note also that Granville
Road is narrow with parked vehicles and a pedestrian injury record. In the
circumstances they have severe reservations on the amount of traffic generated
by this proposal and its impact on the surrounding streets so much so that they
would recommend refusal on traffic/pedestrian safety grounds. However should
Committee be minded to approve the application they would recommend
reinstatement of the footways around the site and the provision of a zebra crossing
to assist pedestrian movement across Granville Road.
Report Continued
Plan No. 10/06/0403
2.
4.7
Neighbouring properties have been consulted along with the Revidge Community
Association and a notice displayed at the site. The latest amended proposal has
also been the subject of wide neighbour consultation. Both the original submission
and amended proposal have been the subject of letters in support of, and
objecting to, the proposal and a selection is appended to this report.
5.0
Issues and Comments
5.1
The site the subject of this application was formerly three terraced properties
comprising a double shop (41/43) and a dwelling (45). Permission was given in
1999 for use of the properties as a madressa which later included a mosque.
Permission in 2003 gave consent for the conversion and renovation of the existing
properties for the dual mosque and madressa use and this was later amended to
provide extensions on the rear and New Bank Road frontages.
5.2
This was followed by an almost complete demolition of all three properties and
commencement on rebuilding of all external walls and provision of internal support
steelwork. Following complaints from neighbouring properties the work was
stopped and a retrospective application requested.
5.3
Following the submission of several detail plans attempting to portray the existing
properties and the proposed development, these submissions were considered
insufficient and inaccurate to allow a full assessment of the proposal and its effects
to be made.
5.4
Committee was requested to authorise enforcement action to secure removal of
the building. However Committee resolved to defer consideration of enforcement
to allow further time for a planning application to regularise the development of the
site to be fully considered.
5.5
The application now before Committee is the latest submission by the Mosque
Committee for retrospective consent for the development of the site and its detail
follows from a number of meetings and discussions between officers of the
Council, members of the Mosque Committee and Ward Councillors in an attempt
to achieve a final scheme which could be considered appropriate to the site in
terms of its built form and design.
5.6
The issues with this proposal relate to:
1. whether the development is appropriate in policy terms
2. whether the proposal as finally submitted is considered acceptable in terms of
its design and effect on the site and immediate surrounding area.
3. whether the proposal is acceptable in terms of traffic and highway
considerations in the immediate area.
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5.7
The site lies partly within the New Bank Road Neighbourhood Centre and partly
within Primary Residential Area. In terms of the residential area Policy H3
indicates that community facilities are considered appropriate provided they do not
erode the character of the area and there is no unacceptable impact on residential
amenity by noise, disturbance, traffic generation or car parking. Policy H11
relating specifically to community uses and the Supplementary Planning Guidance
on mosques and madressa continues this theme on assessment of the impact on
the wider area, but does point out that the convenience of a location close to the
population served must be balanced against any adverse impact on the
neighbourhood arising from the effects of a use involving a large number of people
and their associated vehicle implications.
5.8
Policy R5 relates to development within Neighbourhood Centres and seeks to
restrict uses to commercial uses consistent with the size and function of the
centre. While not specifically indicating community uses as appropriate it is
considered that mosque and madressa uses serving the local community are not
dissimilar to uses more normally associated with neighbourhood centres.
5.9
The principle of the use of buildings on this site as a mosque and madressa has
been established with the permission in 1999 and 2003. While this proposal
relates to a totally new building its location is mainly within the busy
neighbourhood centre based on New Bank Road and is indicated to serve the
local community in the immediate surrounding streets whose access to the
building, the mosque committee have suggested, would be mainly on foot.
5.10 The Environmental Health Manager has requested a scheme for wall construction
and soundproofing for the wall to the adjoining dwelling at 47 Granville Road.
5.11 In these circumstances it is considered that the proposal is appropriate in policy
terms.
5.12 The structure which is evident at the site was erected following the consent in
2003 and exhibits serious problems in terms of its bulk, height and visual
appearance particularly on the Granville Road and New Bank Road frontages.
Should the building be completed in this form it would provide an exceptionally
poor building out of character with all neighbouring properties and totally
inappropriate in its bulk and elevational treatment in relation to the existing
streetscape. It would also set an unfortunate precedent for other developments
within the Borough.
5.13 Options open to the Council for this unauthorised structure include one for the
complete demolition of the building. While this course of action was fully
considered it was felt that such action may add further environmental blight and
uncertainty for the local mosque community and the neighbourhood in general and
a compromise may be more acceptable.
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2.
5.14 The final submitted plan on this application follows from considerable work and
discussions between Council officers, mosque members and local councillors and
indicates a willingness on all parties to try to rectify this unfortunate situation to
achieve a building in bulk and design terms which although a compromise
nevertheless would be considered as acceptable in the area.
5.15 The final scheme shows a lowering and realignment of the ridge, a lowering of the
eaves to correspond to the adjoining property, a redesign of the roof with a hip on
the New Bank Road front and amendments and redesign of the Granville Road
and New Bank Road frontages in order to more reflect the building there
previously (New Bank Road) and lessen the long length of unrelieved elevation on
Granville Road.
5.16 There remains the question of the materials of construction which, while the main
brick used is not totally dissimilar to the adjoining dwellings on Granville Road,
exhibits somewhat problematic detailing in window surrounds and soldier courses
in a contrasting brick. The effect of the joint between the new and existing
construction can be minimised by the installation of a downspout, however the
wider material problems on both major elevations must be considered in the
general compromise terms as providing an individual building on the site.
5.17 It must be recognised that the proposal does represent a compromise attempting
to amend the existing structure to provide a building which can be accepted
without a serious effect on the character of the area or on streetscape value.
5.18 Capita Highways have indicated serious reservations regarding the capacity of this
use to attract larger numbers of people without providing any on site parking and
its possible adverse effect on highway/pedestrian safety in this already congested
area. However, bearing in mind this is a use which has existed for some time
serving the community in the immediate area it is unlikely that any significant
further effect would be felt with the new building. The roads and streets around
the site are very busy and heavily parked at most times of the day and it is entirely
possible that any further parking associated with this mosque and madressa would
not be physically possible.
5.19 Nevertheless Granville Road and New Bank Road are both narrow, subject of
indiscriminate parking and heavily congested both with traffic and pedestrian flows
and it is considered that pedestrian safety (particularly for children attending the
madressa) would be served by the provision of a safe crossing of Granville Road
adjacent to the site.
5.20 Previous applications for mosques have overwhelmingly been the subject of a
condition for restricting a broadcast call to prayer. Such a condition has been
tested at Appeal and is considered appropriate in this case.
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5.21 A selection of neighbouring resident comments on the proposal are appended to
this report. In terms of objections these cite:
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Building without consent/precedent.
Lack of parking.
Traffic problems.
Call to prayer.
Poor visual appearance.
These objections are addressed elsewhere in this report.
6.0
Recommendation
6.1
APPROVE
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Timescale for completion of development.
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Hours of working:
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays
No Sunday or Bank Holidays.
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Further details of:
a) eaves material and design
b) forecourt layout and treatments of boundaries
c) rainwater goods and downspouts.
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No external or amplified call to prayer.
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Scheme for wall/soundproofing adj. 47 Granville Road.
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Windows in rear elevation to be in obscure glazing.
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Proposed building not to be brought into use until highway works for the
provision of a safe crossing of Granville Road have been completed.
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No use for wedding reception/social functions.
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Roof and extension materials to be agreed.
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
2.
74 New Bank Road, Blackburn
“I fully support the application handed in by the management of 41-45 Granville
Road Madressa. Because of the delay in completing this project we are having
great difficulties. Many many children who would like to benefit from the education
have been on the waiting list for as long as two years. I think it is very unfair that the
local children should have to go far away to other madressa’s when they can easily
be given the very same education in the local area. Apart from this it is a hard task
on parents who have to go and drop these children off and pick them up. Taking the
above in serious consideration I hope you will grant permission a.s.a.p.”
17 New Bank Road, Blackburn
12th June 2006
“I thank you for your letter dated 1st June 2006 with regards to the planning
application at Granville Road, Blackburn, which was much anticipated. I am very
much disappointed and feel let down for the time it has taken for this project to move
forward.
I have lived here for many years and have seen our community grow in the area and
the need for such a building to accommodate this growth, but have been informed
that the work is halted due to issues relating to planning permission. I just want the
building to be completed as soon as possible and return to normality.
I do hope you will understand my frustration in this matter but confident that the
outcome will be positive. I fully support the application and hope that necessary
permission will be granted as soon as possible.”
13 New Bank Road, Blackburn
16th June 2006
“This letter is to confirm that I only live a few houses away from the madressa that
has applied for a full planning application for rebuilding of a mosque and madressa
with the above reference number.
I can tell you that this place is used daily by many local residents and their children
which is a very valuable asset to the local community. I have had no problems nor
any issues in the past and cannot envisage any problems in the future after the
rebuild.
I therefore have no objections to the planning application going through however, I
would like to stress that I’m a bit tired of looking at the place as a building site and
would like to see this place finished as soon as possible.”
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
100 Leamington Road, Blackburn
“I write in connection with the notice you have put up regarding the planning
application for 41-45 Granville Road. I would like to show my very full support
towards this application. I live in the local vicinity and have been a regular at the
above mosque for many years. Knowing the urgent need for the locals here I am
pretty much surprised that it has taken such a long time for this project to be
completed. I can’t possibly understand what the problem is. The mosque is a need
and demand of the local Muslim community who are suffering greatly because of the
long delay. I would humbly request you to grant permission as soon as possible and
make life easy for all of us.”
47 Granville Road, Blackburn
19th June 2006
“With regards to your letter dated 1st June 2006, I can confirm that I live next door to
the property that has submitted the planning application for rebuilding of a mosque
and madressa. Furthermore, I have always lived here since the existence of this
madressa.
I can say with full confidence that I have never had any problems or issues relating
to this property, nor I envisage any problems in the future. I am strongly supporting
this application as my family and I use this place on a daily basis.
You have my full approval with no objections for this planning application to go
through because I see this place to be very important and special for the residents
living in the local vicinity.
I am prepared to help in any way I can to resolve any issues that you may have with
regards to the planning, as I would like to see this place fully operational as soon as
possible.”
109 Leamington Road, Blackburn
16th June 2006
“I have read your notice on the lamp post on Granville Road. I just want you to
know I am very disappointed and feel let down for the time it has taken for this
project. I have lived here for many years and have seen our community grow in this
area and feel very strongly a need for such a building to accommodate for the
community. I have been looking at the building day in day out and its condition has
been very depressing. Please understand from our point of view, we really need
this mosque/madressa. I fully support the application and hope that permission will
be granted as soon as possible.”
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
2.
Revidge Community Association
30th September 2006
“Thank you for seeing me on Friday, and explaining the new plans for the
Mosque/madressa on Granville Road. We are pleased to hear that at last there
have been some meaningful discussions with the mosque committee to try to
resolve the unacceptable situation with regard to the demolition and complete
rebuilding of 41/45 Granville Road.
The Plans – It would seem that progress is being made, and a compromise is being
reached which means that the whole building will be lowered and made to fit in more
with the surrounding properties. However, although the revised plans look much
more in keeping with the height of the surrounding properties, we object to the brick
colour and design, making the building look out of place. Perhaps a solution could
be to render the bricks rather than taking them down?
This retrospective planning situation – is the second on that particular part of
New Bank Road where people have gone ahead and built properties that do not
resemble the plans that have been submitted to the planning department. The other
resident was forced to compromise and had to revise the building, and now the
mosque committee’s plans are being forced to change. The building at the end of
New Bank Road (next to the Cloth House) also has bricks that do not match or
compliment the surrounding properties.
Whilst all these negotiations have been taking place – over the best part of 3 years
for the Granville Road site – the residents have to live near a building site, and this
does not promote good relations, nor is it pleasant to look at.
On several occasions the Association has been involved in planning issues in the
area. On several occasions we have also asked if there could be some changes in
the way that planning criteria is explained to applicants, so that these ridiculous
situations do not occur.
The question that several folk are asking is “Why did the building inspector allow the
building to get to the point of no return without stopping the contractors?” If the
inspector has no power to stop the owners of a property from building something
that does not resemble the plan, then who does?
Parking – The second important point is that of parking, dropping children off, and
the general mayhem that results at 5pm and 7pm. I understand from some
residents that they are not even able to park anywhere near their own homes,
because of mosque traffic, which again does not help relationships in the area.
Therefore we object to the volume of traffic and lack of parking in an already
congested area.
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
Revidge Community Association - continued
8th June 2006
The name of the building – One of the residents, who went to see the new plans,
noticed that the name of the building included the words “community Hall”. This
raises these questions:1.
2.
“Will the prayer hall be used for wedding receptions, funerals or other
large meetings that will bring more cars to the area?”
Will this Community Hall be open to all the community, especially for the
women and youth of the area to use for their activities? At present Asian
women’s groups often have to meet in St Silas Parish rooms for their
meetings, and the young people have no large room to meet in.
Finally – The Community Association has been working with residents around New
Bank Road for 6 years now, trying to improve the “look” and “feel” of the area. It is
very discouraging to find that often we have to spend vast amounts of time and
effort resisting a minority of unhelpful issues that tend to surface.
We do realise that everyone in the Community has the right to apply for changes to
buildings. Perhaps is there was an overall plan for the area, it would be easier for
everyone to know whether their proposed changes will fit in with that overall plan.
We therefore trust that the points and objections that we have raised will be taken
into consideration when the committee makes their decision regarding 41-45
Granville Road”.
10 New Bank Road, Blackburn
“I am writing with reference to lodging an objection against the proposed
developments to 41-45 Granville Road.
We are not in objection to the mosque, however we are in objection to the
associated traffic problems that the mosque has created over the last 18 months.
We have tried talking to the leaders of the mosque to ask people to walk rather than
use the car whey they come to pray but instead the problem has continued to get
worse rather than better.
At times of prayer or when the children finish mosque at 7.30 p.m. it is nigh on
impossible for residents to find parking, at times we are having to go and park up to
three blocks away or in adjacent streets, this is not a desirable situation, especially
as many of the residents have young families. Also at prayer time and particularly at
7.30 p.m. when the children finish mosque there is heavy traffic congestion, there
are frequent traffic hold ups because of the heavy traffic and parents parking their
cars ‘willy-nilly’ in the middle of the road or not leaving space for large vehicles such
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
2.
10 New Bank Road, Blackburn - continued
as buses to pass. There is also chaos with children running out in an uncontrolled
manner and it is only a matter of time because a serious accident takes place.
We feel that this mosque is built in a wholly inappropriate place and that no further
planning permission should be granted because this will only compound the already
serious parking and traffic congestion problems, we also propose that the area in
and around the mosque is made a “residents’ only” parking area because the
current situation is just not acceptable, we would also like to point out that there are
4 mosques within a square mile of this mosque.” …
148 New Bank Road, Blackburn
24th September 2006
“I am writing with regard to the planning application No 10/06/0403 at 41-45
Granville Road, Blackburn.
I understand that the present extension went ahead without full planning permission.
How was this allowed to happen? It should have been stopped as soon as there
was any deviation from plans.
As I have already pointed out in my previous objection, parking is going to be a huge
problem in the immediate vicinity. There is absolutely no room to park anywhere
around the building, as the area is already congested on the corners of Granville
Road and New Bank Road.
Having this building on that site is going to make a big problem a whole lot worse.
I believe that he people that are supposedly going to use it will be local, but I think
that you can safely say that they will not be prepared to walk to it.
The lives of may residents in this area will be adversely affected if permission is
granted. So, it is in this regard that I think the council should turn down the
application”.
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
142 New Bank Road, Blackburn
“….My objections are as stated under:1.
The proposed mosque and Madressa would be a place of worship; I
understand that under planning regulations, all proposed new places of
worship (assuming they will be used by large numbers of people) must have
provision for parking of cars and vehicles. The Madressa sited at he junction
of Preston New Road and St Silas Road had to clear the large garden of the
building that had been an hotel in order to provided the car park which they
have.
2.
The site of the building proposed in the application has no land which could
be used as a car park; one side of the building fronts directly onto Granville
Road, the rear of the building has sited the back entry of Granville Road and
Lancaster Place. There is already a Mosque on Lancaster Place, and when
the latter Mosque is busy Lancaster Place is full of cars.
3.
Granville Road is a narrow road and already suffers from traffic congestion,
much to the inconvenience of the residents. If permission is given for the
proposed Mosque and Madressa the traffic situation will be much worse. The
Madressa at the junction of Preston New Road and St Silas Road is used by
many children – most of whom are taken there by car, causing traffic
congestion – if the proposed Madressa is allowed to be built the same
situation will arise, it will cause traffic congestion to worsen in Granville Road.
4.
In my opinion, the Planning Committee should give some consideration to the
detrimental conditions which the proposed building will have on residents in
the Granville Road area and adjacent roads.
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
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4 New Bank Road, Blackburn
“…As a general comment, we would say that the whole idea of retrospective
consent being granted, for buildings that have been erected without the consent of
the Planning Committee (or, as in this case, if the regulations of the Committee are
ignored) is farcical. It makes a mockery of the work and decisions of the Planning
Committee if its regulations can be over-ruled and changed, when illegal work has
been done. The authority of the Planning Committee is totally undermined in such
circumstances.
We have been to the Town Hall to see the new plans but, from memory of the old
ones, could not see that anything had changed to improve the situation. There was
nothing written down to indicate what the changes were to be and no one was
available to help. No measurements were given. The old plans were not available
for comparison.
From the plans, it would appear that
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The size of the building remains the same-nearby twice as large as was
originally agreed, with the main entrance still in New Bank Road.
There are no arrangements for parking, with the increased use of the
building, the situation will be impossible, particularly for residents. Are
there no current regulations in force for car parking facilities for large, new
public buildings?
The traffic problem will have to be addressed as the area is, at present,
very dangerous and will become more s o, with the use of such a large
building, by many people using cars.
The water /drainage and sewage system is to be “as existing can this be
considered to be adequate for the use of so many extra people?
The “dome” continues to be shown on the plans. This is a multi-faith area
and domes and call to prayer would be intrusive.
The answer to Question 8 was yes suggesting that the building could be
used for “shopping, office, industrial or other commercial use. This
question requires much clarification before any consent is given.
The use of the building is described as “Madressa, Mosque, and
Community Hall. Previous consent was only asked for a Madressa and
Mosque. Its use as a Community Hall has huge implications with regard
to the increased use of the building (perhaps for weddings, conferences
etc) to the type of activities to take place there , if consent is given. This
large building opens straight into the street, on two sides, with no land
surrounding it and its impact on this busy corner make life impossible for
the local residents and dangerous for everyone.
Please consider these matters very carefully before making any decisions. We
understand that the Planning Committee meeting will be open to interested
members of the public and would like to be notified of the time and place of the
meeting.”
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
106 Leamington Road, Blackburn
“…..I welcome the fact that the lowered roof lines will be more in keeping with the
general appearance of Granville Road and closer to the original plan submitted in
2003. The front window will continue this effect. It would be preferable to render all
the brickwork in a darker colour to avoid the ‘modern’ overdone effect of two tone
brick work, but, for m honouring the nature of are as history by NOT adding a done
is of greater importance.
PROBLEMS The major disadvantage will be lack of appropriate parking. Extremely
difficult now, it will probably become near in tolerable and if new pressures from
numbers of vehicles in the area has a deleterious effect on the current bus service
already less than satisfactory many more people will be disadvantaged. Yet we are
aiming in these plans to improve relationships.
Although a different plan at an earlier stage could have arranged the eastern limit of
the mosque to be in keeping with the line of the houses on the southern sided and
make a concession to words increasing the parking area, it would be unreasonable
at this stage to request such a major change.
The major element, however, prompting a sense of outrage was news that the
inspector, whose job it was to make an independent check on the progress of
construction work, failed to identify and report deviation from the original plans.
Why? and Who? These questions must be answered and made known. If
independent officers have no power to do their job and effect change and/or
discussion it surely interests a serious problem in managing sites. It would open the
way to abuse and would tend to increase rather in than decrease misunderstandings
in the community.
CONCERN An important concern relates to the description of the mosque as having
a ‘community hall’. The dialogues between Chris Chives, a concern of the cathedral
, and Anjum Anwar from the east Lancashire Mosques, which were held earlier this
year made me aware once again that women and girls are not always allowed in a
place in the mosque and it was thought that this could change in the future. A visit
was paid to a Burnley mosque. Could it be established and made known that our
community hall will include provision for women, girls and teenagers as such, to
have meetings there both devotional and for other activities. When I attended a
couple of meetings of the Corporation Park Asian Ladies meetings in St Silas Parish
Rooms about three years ago, it really seemed that to an observer, there was a
need for such developments. Might one pass that weddings and funerals should not
be held in Granville Road. I’ve noticed in passing King Georges Hall regularly on a
Sunday that large buildings like that are needed to cope with members – for
numbers – for weddings at least.”….
Summary of Consultations
Plan No. 10/06/0403
2.
9 Gawthorpe, Blackburn
28 September 2006
“Thank you for showing the amended plans for the above mosque to me recently.
These plans seem to be a great improvement on the monstrous building, half
completed, which is completely at odds with the residential buildings in the
neighbourhood.
I am amazed, and upset on a few counts:1. The original plans, which were passed and given Council consent, did not
include the demolition of three houses.
2. Even the newly-submitted plans will not resemble the original properties.
3. The builders completely ignored the original plans, and went ahead to
construct their own, obtrusive building.
4. I would have expected the Council’s surveyors would have inspected the
building under construction, and would have seen the blatant counterfeit,
before it reached its present state.
I hope for a more acceptable outcome.”

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