Westborough mosque plan back on cards

DEVELOPERS have re-submitted details of their plans to build a new mosque in Dewsbury.

Kirklees Council originally refused the application back in 2017 on land to the rear of 10 Oxford Road, in Westborough, facing onto the corner of West Park Street and Nowell Street.

Residents at the time complained that the design of the building was incompatible with the surrounding Victorian properties. 

They also argued that the extra cars would cause traffic and parking problems on surrounding roads.

However the group behind the scheme managed to get that decision overturned on appeal.

They are now pressing ahead with the scheme which will include building a school as well as a three-storey mosque and 22 car parking spaces.

A travel plan accompanying the application states that “the use of the site shall be limited to 100 worshippers on the site at any one time”.

It also says: “The proposed development is proposed to serve worshippers who live in the vicinity of the site. 

“It is therefore expected that a large majority of them will walk to the mosque. 

“The development has been located on this site to maximise accessibility on foot to the site and the site layout provides good access for pedestrians.”

On winning the appeal a number of new conditions were made which the mosque management have now submitted to the council. 

It can be viewed on the planning portal at the Council’s website, www.kirklees.gov.uk

One resident who objected to the original plan, said: “There’s nothing really new about this – it still means a massive traffic headache in an already crowded area.

“Kirklees did the right thing by local people in turning it down and it’s shocking that it’s going ahead.”

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