He added: “This building will be an eyesore and is completely out of character with the local buildings.
“This will make the area look more like Istanbul than Bolton — I urge the committee to consider the points and opinions of local people.”
Speaking in favour of the plans, Crompton councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail insisted the application is not for an additional building but to replace the mosque currently on the site.
She added: “The current users of the mosque will be the same users as they are now — there is not going to be an increase in the congregation and the majority of users walk to the mosque.
“The individual objectors don’t seem to understand what a community facility is about.”
During the debate, several committee members registered their concerns about potential traffic and parking issues.
Newly elected UKIP councillor Paul Richardson said: “We have been told 55 per cent of people will walk to the mosque so we can reasonably assume the other 45 per cent will drive.”
He called for a more detailed traffic study.
Cllr John Walsh asked for any decision to be deferred.
He added: “Blackburn Road is already one of the most over-trafficked roads in Bolton and this could exacerbate existing problems.
“We shouldn’t be considering it in its current form, we should defer and properly examine the existing and potential traffic problems.”
But Cllr Nick Peel said: “I would side with what Cllr Walsh said if this was for an additional facility — but it’s not, it is replacing an existing facility and covering the same demand as the old one.
“I think we can all agree this building will be distinctive — it will stand out and be a landmark.
“I don’t think it is the responsibility of one particular tenant to address traffic problems in the area.”
There was also a heated exchange outside the town hall between protesters both for and against the mosque but there is not believed to have been any violence.
In a statement, those behind the mosque said they were “extremely happy” with the decision.
The statement added: “It is important for people to learn and understand about how mosques function as well as how the diverse communities in Bolton live, work and worship.”