Religious school given planning permission

Park Road, Banbury. NNL-150804-122940001
Park Road, Banbury. NNL-150804-122940001

A retrospective planning application to turn an outbuilding into an Islamic religious school has been given planning permission.

The application for a madrassa with prayer facilities for a building behind two properties on Park Road, Banbury, went before Cherwell District Council planning committee earlier this month.

Objections were raised by Banbury town councillor Steve Kilsby on behalf of residents near the site.

He said many of the residents were elderly and had fears over the amount of noise that would be generated by the madrassa.

He said: “They feel threatened by noise and disturbance, should this application be approved, from children playing and from noise from adults gathered together.

“The principle of the madrassa is a good thing. Banbury is increasingly and positively multi-cultural, however the location of this is wrong. The buildings in question were designed and built as residential homes in a residential street.”

He called for planning conditions to be strengthened to limit the madrassa’s disturbance to neighbours.

Approval was granted subject to conditions including restricted operating hours, the building to be used by no more than 24 people at a time and the property’s boundaries to be improved to reduce noise.