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Objections to Islamic school plans.

PLANNING bosses have received more than 1,000 objections to the conversion of a former gym into an Islamic school and prayer room amid fears of parking chaos and disturbance to neighbours.

The former Curves fitness club in Stratford Road, Hall Green, is already being used unofficially as a community hall and Islamic school and so the Hall Green Community Association has now asked for planning permission to make the change legitimate.

The planning committee will decide the application at its meeting on January 8 - see for updates. The hall would be used for after-school religious education classes, for up to 48 pupils taking over between 4pm and 7pm.

It would be open to community groups able to use the building at other times of day. The planning application also asked for occasional collective prayer meetings. But the bid has been met with widespread opposition including 554 letters of objection and a petition of 668 signatures - with many fearing the school will become a busy Mosque and objecting to the principle of a religious school.

The owners have confirmed they have no intention to operate the building as a Mosque.

According to the report, West Midlands Police said: "There is a very real potential for parking conflict among users of the proposed site and nearby residents."

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 8, 2015
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