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Plans to expand mosque operating without permission set to be refused

Plans to further expand a building on Fentham Road, Aston, are expected to be refused on Thursday after more than four years of it operating as a mosque

Councillors are expected to refuse plans for more expansion at 147-149 Feltham Road, Aston, which is being used as a mosque
Councillors are expected to refuse plans for more expansion at 147-149 Feltham Road, Aston, which is being used as a mosque

A mosque operating without the necessary paperwork faces being closed down as councillors are poised to refuse permission for an extension.

Plans to further expand a building in Fentham Road, Aston, are expected to be refused on Thursday after more than four years of it operating as a mosque.

Owners of the building were given the go-ahead in 2011 for a two-storey madrassa, and a flat above, but a three-storey building used as a mosque and a madrassa was created.

Council officers have called for proposals to further extend the building to be refused, saying it creates too much noise for a residential area.

Owners of the building say they are keen to work with the council.

Documents published ahead of the planning committee state: "The use as a mosque and madrassa would be likely to give rise to significant problems of noise and disturbance, from the arrival and departures of patrons to and from the site during noise sensitive hours early in the morning and late in the evening, to the detriment of amenities of residents in Fentham Road and the surrounding area.

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"The building as constructed has a significant detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the street, by virtue of its design, scale and mass, and the proposed remedial works to the first floor windows will not sufficiently mitigate this impact."

Council officers accused applicants of "a long standing breach of planning control".

They said that, while the mosque was not causing traffic and parking issues, with 125 people attending Friday prayers there was more noise and disturbance than expected.

The building contains a main prayer hall with a capacity of 125 people on the ground floor, with the floor above used for education and as a ladies' prayer area.

The madrassa is currently used between the hours of 4pm an 6pm on weekdays, with capacity for four separate classes of 15 children.

The operation has been under investigation since 2012 and the council has received 24 complaints, relating to a range of issues including traffic and parking problems and noise.

The building operating as a mosque on Fentham Road, Aston
The building operating as a mosque on Fentham Road, Aston

The council’s approach to places of worship is predominantly that residential areas are not suitable if they attract large numbers of people.

If planners agree, officers intend to serve an enforcement notice on owners.

It adds: "This application has been submitted following lengthy enforcement investigations into the use of the premises as a mosque.

"The proposal to retain the mosque and madrassa does not accord with the council's policies for these uses, contained in the places for worship planning document, due to problems of noise and disturbance, and is therefore unacceptable."

Applicant Jameel Nazir told the Mail the mosque was created by his father, largely out of his own pocket, as a gift to the local community.

He said: "It was set up because there was a need from the community. We really want to work with the council and we will be contacting them to try and submit an application they are more likely to consider."

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