Surrey

Public inquiry into Camberley mosque plan finishes

Camberley mosque plans
Image caption The planned mosque would replace the building which has been used for worship for 15 years

A public inquiry into plans to build a domed mosque with minaret in a Surrey town has ended.

The inquiry into the proposed structure in London Road, Camberley, had been due to come to an end on Wednesday but overran and finished on Thursday.

An application by the Bengali Welfare Association (BWA) was turned down by Surrey Heath Borough Council in 2010 but the organisation appealed.

The planning inspector is not expected make a decision for several weeks.

The application that was turned down involved knocking down a listed Victorian school building, which is about half a mile from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

Local historians and residents who oppose the plans have argued the town's heritage must be protected.

But the BWA has said its existing building no longer meets the needs of the local Muslim community.

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