Objections to Jalalabad Association’s Plan to Finally Get Permission for Extra Space at Mosque in Worcester

MOSQUE has applied for retrospective planning permission for part of its building on a city industrial estate so it can have extra prayer space.

Kalam Hussain, on behalf of Worcester Jalalabad Muslim Association, has put forward a proposal for retrospective planning permission for part of the mosque on the trading estate in Vincent Road to become a place of worship.

The main part of the building has the proper planning permission, but an adjoining unit, which Jalalabad Association also owns and has used as extra prayer space for the mosque since 2008, does not have the correct planning permission.

Worcester City Council had only originally notified other businesses on the industrial estate and not neighbouring homes about the proposals during public consultation. After it was made aware by the Worcester News that residents had missed out, the consultation has now been extended until April 22.

Objector Jon Jones of Cecil Road said the main entrance for the unit is on the corner of his street and Vincent Road and complained his neighbours had not been included in the public consultation.

Around 50 worshippers on average use the mosque for prayers throughout the day, according to Jalalabad Association, five per cent of whom arrive by car and use up the mosque’s seven parking spaces on the industrial estate. Prayers take place between 4am and 5pm every day.

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