Plans to build a mosque along with an education centre, community hall, and nursery on the site of a former pub have been approved by the council.

The Masjid-e-Salaam Madrassah Trust are relocating from their current site 200 yards away on Ramsay Street to a new two-storey building on Blackburn Road, Sharples, adjacent to Thornydyke Avenue.

This site used to house the Brierfield Hotel pub, but this was closed in 2016, before being completely demolished in early 2020.

The planning application came before Bolton Council's planning committee today, and was approved by members after it had been recommended for approval by council planning officers.

The Bolton News: Demolition work taking place at The Brierfield on Blackburn Road in March 2020

Mohammed Patel, a director at the trust, said he was very pleased to see the plans approved.

“We are pleased that the planning committee has approved our exciting plans for the former Brierfield site," he said.

"The decision allows us to take the next steps in our plans for the purpose built premises that will cater for the our members and will also enable us to expand our community outreach work.

"We welcome the encouraging words from Councillors on the Committee, and look forward to welcoming our members and the wider community to our facility in the future.”

The Bolton News: Plans for a £3.5m mosque on Blackburn Road at the site of the former Brierfield Hotel pub site

The building is set to comprise two floors and a basement and would be a multi-use building, containing an education centre, a prayer facility, a community hall and a children's nursery with 37 car parking spaces and 14 bicycle spaces.

Concerns had been raised by residents over traffic and parking concerns after the application was submitted.