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Historic Handsworth pub to become mosque and Islamic centre

City planners back proposal to give new life to the disused Endwood despite objections over parking and congestion

The Endwood pub, Hamstead Road, Handsworth
The former Endwood pub in Handsworth will be turned into a mosque

A derelict historic pub is to be restored as a mosque and Islamic education centre following a vote by council planners.

The Endwood pub in Handsworth, which has been empty for more than two years, will be repaired and reopened as a facility for 150 students of Islam and up to 190 worshippers for Friday prayers.

The historic pub, in Hamstead Road, was built as a family home known as Church Hill House in about 1820.

During the 1880s, it was home to members of the Muntz family of industrialists and politicians.

In the early 20th century, it was converted into a hotel and later a pub and is known to many as an important music venue for local bands.

The nearby Masjid Quba, in Wyecliffe Road, will now be relocating to the pub following the planning committee's decision.

The Endwood has been targeted by vandals since being left derelict and the mosque has agreed to repair and reinstate many historic features.

There had been 44 objections from the public, mostly over parking and traffic congestion at peak times which is a common issue with mosque planning applications.

But councillors were told the pub had 61 parking spaces which should be adequate.

A survey of worshippers at the existing mosque found that 39 per cent walked to prayers.

Planning officer Simon Hodge said: "We don't believe that we would have a problem."

The Endwood in 2007 when it was a popular live music venue
The Endwood in 2007 when it was a popular live music venue

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