PLANS to convert a former mill into a community worship and education facility have been approved.

The vacant St Pauls Mill, in Barbara Street will be used by Ghosia Mosque.

The mosque wants to create a number of new dedicated classrooms, moving the existing educational element, known as a Madrassa, to another part of the building.

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There will also be toilet facilities and two offices.

Plans to change the use of a unit in another part of the site as a Madrassa were approved in August 2012 but were not implemented.

This included creating classrooms, a library, office, meeting room, quiet study and a storage room.

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It is set to be open between the hours of 5pm and 7pm during the week.

The proposals were approved by planning officers with a number of conditions including no weekend or bank holiday opening.

A planning officer said: "The proposal is considered to comply with the aforementioned policies. Therefore, the application is recommended for approval subject to planning condition."