November 7, 2012 6.18 pm This story is over 132 months old

Lincoln mosque planning proposal approved

Approved: Proposals for a new mosque for Lincoln Muslims have been approved by the City of Lincoln Council.

Plans to build a mosque on a former dairy site in Lincoln have been approved by the City of Lincoln Council Planning Committee on Wednesday.

The proposals were put forward by the Islamic Association of Lincoln a year ago for a mosque situated on the corner of Dixon Street and Boultham Park Road.

The mosque forms part of plans for the redevelopment of the site, which also include a proposed supermarket, housing and associated parking.

The news comes after a previous site proposed by the Islamic Association was rejected due to parking issues and was later burnt down.

The plans from the Islamic Association include a two storey building topped by a 12-metre high domed tower.

The building will also include a community and teaching hall, along with dedicated parking for 68 cars and cycle storage spaces.

Additionally, Lincoln residents are invited to ask questions and learn more about the Islamic faith to gain extra insight into the religion.

Buff/yellow bricks would be used for the building with coated aluminium windows and the roof would be clad in a dark grey membrane to look like traditional lead sheeting.

The council’s Development Services manager Paul Seddon said: “Planning committee members unanimously supported the scheme and they are pleased there is now permission for a mosque within the city.

“The architects have done a good job with the design and members felt the scale of the building was right for the site.”

He added: “It has been a long process but the committee felt the Islamic Association has ended up with the best site and the applicant is actively looking to work with residents in the neighbouring community and we wish them every success.”

The main car and pedestrian access to the site would be from Dixon Street and the Highways Authority has raised no objections to the plan.

Trees and landscaping round the boundary of the site will screen it from the surrounding area.

Conditions for the development to go-ahead include a requirement for the developer to make a contribution to the upgrading of the pedestrian crossing at the Dixon Street/Boultham Park Road junction before work begins on the site.