Italy's urban planners must give space to non-Catholic religious groups, a Lombardy court has ruled, sparking a backlash from the country's far-right Northern League party, which branded the decision a "disgraceful judgement".

The decision by Lombardy's administrative court (Tar) goes against the northern region's urban planning office (Pgt), which the court said did not give enough consideration to the needs of religious communities outside the Catholic Church.

The debate centres around service plans for the city of Brescia, which the court said made no reference to the needs of non-Catholic citizens, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

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