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York mosque plan resubmitted after flood risk concerns

York Mosque, Bull Lane
The existing building is more than 25 years old

Plans for a new £1m mosque in York have been resubmitted after being earlier withdrawn amid flooding concerns.

Last year religious leaders behind the mosque pulled plans for a site on Bull Lane after the Environment Agency said it would be vulnerable to flooding.

Secretary, Shazad Hussain said the original plans had been significantly down sized, however the mosque was on the original planned site.

He added that about £1m in donations would be needed if it was approved.

Mr Hussain said: "Since the plans were withdrawn, we've looked at the comments we've received from the public and we've looked at what we can do."

The plans for the new mosque include an inter-faith room to welcome members of the community. Also, under the new plans it has been reduced to a two-storey building and will no longer include a dome.

Religious leaders are holding a series of public exhibitions to show plans to the surrounding community. They hope the future building can be used by the whole community and not just those of the Muslim faith.

The group said if the plans were approved it would need to start raising money for the project which could take up to five years to develop.

The existing building is more than 25 years old.

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