Mosque bid for Nelson Masonic Hall

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Nelson’s former Masonic Hall could be converted to a place of worship and religious tuition - but planning officers are recommending a planning application for a change of use be refused

The Bradshaw Street hall, which had been used by Freemasons since the 1940s, closed in 2012 and the application for a change of use goes before Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee on Monday night.

A report to the meeting says the mosque would be open to children and adults and the teaching use would be for children up to the age of 16, with a maximum of 40 young people involved.

The report says there have been four comments of objection posted on the council’s web site raising a variety of highway concerns which officers concur with.

They also say that use of the building on a seven-day a week operation would have an adverse effect on local residential amenity.

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