Lincoln mosque plans given go-ahead by city councillors

A new £500,000 mosque in Lincoln has been granted unanimous approval by city councillors.

The proposed two-storey place of worship at the old Boultham Dairy initially sparked controversy which led to a petition against the plans from Boultham Residents’ Association.

Members were concerned about the level of traffic the building would bring to the area. But the group has since come out in support of the mosque scheme put forward by the Islamic Association of Lincoln.

The City of Lincoln Council only received five letters of objection – mostly about concerns over traffic congestion – while six letters were sent in which backed the project.

City planners recommended councillors approved the scheme, on the condition that 68 car parking spaces and entry to the site from Dixon Street are in place before the building is used.

Planners had already approved the scheme in principle this time last year, when a new supermarket and housing on the site were also agreed.

A report to the council stated: “The access, landscaping, appearance, scale and layout proposed are consistent with the details provided at the outline stage and will result in a development will fit satisfactorily into its local context.”

The building will also be available for use by the wider community.

This is Lincolnshire, 7 November 2012