Lincoln mosque approved for dairy site

The site of the former dairy in Boultham Park Road, Lincoln
Image caption The estimated £1m cost of the mosque still has to be raised

Lincoln's first purpose-built mosque has been given planning approval.

Plans were approved by the city council for a two-storey building with a 12m (40 feet) tower on the site of a former dairy on Boultham Park Road.

The Islamic Association of Lincoln said it had worked hard to overcome concerns from local residents, who had highlighted traffic issues.

The scheme also includes a small supermarket, housing and improvements to nearby pedestrian crossings.

Tanweer Ahmed, of the Islamic Society of Lincoln, said: "For me it has been very encouraging.

"We wanted to resolve the issues raised by local residents, which we have done, and what we hope is that we can continue to work with the local residents association to ensure if there are ongoing issues, we can manage these also."

Mr Ahmed said they still had to raise the estimated £1m cost of the mosque.

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