Islamic community centre proposal for Grantham is rejected by planning officers

Plan submitted for Islamic centre in Grantham.
Plan submitted for Islamic centre in Grantham.
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Planning officers have this week invited the Grantham Muslim Community Association to withdraw its plan for a place of worship in Mowbeck Way, Grantham.

They say references in the planning application to it being a place of worship means it is not a community centre, in planning terms.

In addition, Lincolnshire County Council highways has also raised an issue with the road leading to the site proposed, as it is an unadopted road. This means it is not the responsibility of the local authority, and therefore the planning application should be made invalid.

Mark Williets, head of development and growth at South Kesteven District Council, told the development control committee on Tuesday: “This particular application is unlikely to come before members for a couple of reasons.

“Number one is that yeasterday we wrote to them to invite them to withdraw the application. It’s quite clear the application was made describing the building as a community centre but a recent travel plan received last month is talking about a place of worship and these are very different things in planning terms.

“Reason two is a technical reason – it will be made invalid. Technically, the red edge of the application site, while it abuts a highway, it does not abut an adopted highway. So, Lincolnshire County Council has directed that we should make the application invalid on that basis.”