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Plans to turn Bletchley pub into a mosque approved

Controversial plans to turn a former pub in Bletchley into a mosque have been agreed.

Milton Keynes Council approved the application for The Plough on Manor Road at a meeting on Thursday night.

Local residents attended the meeting to express their concerns about potential traffic congestion and parking problems in the area.

Kalamdar Ali, Bletchley Mosque secretary, said the existing building in Dunscombe Road was too busy.

Protest outside

He said the traffic was bad and people in the community wanted another place to pray.

Andrew Morris, chair of development control at Milton Keynes Council, said: "The committee debated the transport assessment provided by the applicant and the majority determined that is was mostly accurate.

"A proposal was put forward to grant permission subject to a reduction in the maximum number of users from 200 to 144. This motion was lost.

"A subsequent motion to grant as per the officer's recommendation was passed six votes to three."

There was a period of unrest in the public gallery after the decision was made and a protest had been held outside the meeting.

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