Approval for Blackburn's Tauheedul Islam Boys' School a step closer
FINAL approvals for the Tauheedul Islam Boys School to open in September next year are set to be given this week.
Councillors are recommended to grant detailed planning permissions for purpose-built premises for the first free school for Muslims in the country.
It will involve demolition of the old YMCA building at Edinburgh House on Clarence Street.
Officers have recommended Thursday’s meeting of Blackburn with Darwen borough planning committee to give the go-ahead after working extensively with architects.
This is despite four objections from neighbours, including a petition opposing the plan on the grounds of traffic and parking, noise, disruption, and overlooking Blackburn Subscription Bowling Club. There are four letters of support and a petition in favour, signed by 499 individuals.
Officers say the plans are ‘acceptable’ within the council’s guidelines and include sharing of sports facilities with the local community.
Tauheedul bosses hope the school, which opened last year, will move from Bicknell Street, Little Harwood, in September 2014. The school aims to cater for 700 pupils.
Tauheedul chief executive Hamid Patel said: “The trustees are keen to work with neighbours, including the bowling club, to minimise disruption.
“We want to make the school a positive asset to the area and the community.”
Tauheedul made changes to plans in response to objections and planning officers’ concerns. including an extra 16 parking spaces.
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