11:48 Thursday 10 January 2013

Burton mosque given approval for classroom

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

A BURTON mosque will be extended to include a classroom for children’s afterschool studies, after plans were approved.

The Burton Muslim Mosque, in Princess Street, already hosts afterschool classes from Monday to Friday but wants to provide its children with a room of their own.

Jamia Hanfia Ghosia Masjid, of the mosque, has now been given permission by East Staffordshire Borough Council to build a first floor side extension. It will measure 90 sq m taking it to 540 sq m, and it would be used from 5pm to 7pm five days a week. The extension height of 32ft (9.8m) is designed to be marginally less than the existing mosque.

The applicant said: “The proposal is an extension to satisfy the religious needs of the Muslim community. It is considered that no detrimental impact to the surroundings will result as a consequence of this extension. We are in need of expansion of our facilities for running children’s classes. These classes in the new extension will not add any extra burden to the residential area as these students are already in attendance at the mosque but are in need of a room of their own. In future the classroom could be used for GCSE classes also to help students excel.”

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