Councillors have highlighted major extension proposals by one of Blackburn's largest and oldest Mosques as an example for others as they gave the scheme the green light.

The Jaame Masjid in Cumberland Street, Audley, will now construct a new three storey building, put a third-storey on an existing one, alter its entrance minarets and provide a bridge walkway from the upper car park to the first floor of its improved school for Muslim students.

The praise from Labour councillor Suleman Khonat and Liberal Democrat Paul Browne came after Blackburn with Darwen council planning committee rejected proposals to allow another Mosque in a terraced house in Accrington Road, Audley, to continue because it was sited in an 'inappropriate' location.

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