Normacot’s Muslim Community was granted full planning permission today to build a replacement mosque on the opposite side of Chaplin Road to where the original building lies.
Approval for planning was voted through without any votes against or abstentions at a meeting of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Development Management Committee.
There were no members of public present to raise any objections to the plans. The city council had only received three letters of protest during the application protest.
As a condition, building work must commence on the new mosque within three years of the date that the planning permission was granted.
Councillor Ann James raised concerns over the increased traffic in the area and the fact that there were already parking issues when the current mosque was busy.
The planning officer was able to allay her fears by informing the meeting that the mosques trust had purchased additional land alongside the existing mosque and that both sites would be used for parking.
The height of the building including the minaret will be no more than 1.5 metres higher that the adjacent block of apartments.
The mosque trust will also have to adhere to a number of conditions.
A) The provision of a traffic management scheme and if required, a controlled parking zone.
B) Covered cycle parking facilities provided within the site.
C) A detailed Travel plan that sets out how the mosque users and the trust intend to reduce the reliance on private motor cars.
D) A landscaping plan that details the treatment of all ground surfaces, tree and shrub planting, finished level of contours.
E) Announcements and calls to prayer using external amplification shall not take place except on Fridays, Eid Days and during the holy month of Ramadan. On these days they shall not take place before 07.30 or after 20.00 hours. The announcements or calls shall last no longer than two minutes and shall not exceed a volume of 60dBL at source.
The call to prayer issue has already been addressed.
The Mosque trust have already stated that it would be announced through an internal PA system 5 minutes before the actual prayer meeting takes place. The previous permission was subject to a condition which limited the volume and times that prayer calls could take place and it is suggested that a similar condition be used, now that planning had been granted.
Members of the mosque trust were present in the chamber to hear the news of their successful application.