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Plans to turn a pub in a former pit village into a Muslim educational centre have been approved despite objections from residents over traffic issues.

Businessman Kaiser Choudry applied to turn the disused Melrose Arms in Front Street, Shotton Colliery, County Durham, into an facility for the local Muslim community, comprising ten to 12 families.

But he said the facility would also be available for use by the wider community.


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