Mosque plan for renowned Huddersfield pub revealed

IT’S been a proverbial ‘house of sin’ for decades.

Jolly Sailor pub in Dalton

IT’S been a proverbial ‘house of sin’ for decades.

Now Huddersfield pub The Jolly Sailor could become a ‘house of god’ after a plan to convert it into a mosque was revealed.

Despite alcohol being banned by the Muslim faith, dozens of pubs across the country have been transformed into mosques.

But if given the green light by Kirklees planners the former Dalton boozer could become another.

The application to develop the Broad Lane drinking hole as a place of worship comes just a year after a controversial plan to convert it into an Islamic education centre was revealed.

The proposal surfaced last November but was opposed by then Dalton Liberal Democrat Rochelle Parchment.

Mrs Parchment, who lost her seat in the following May election, said the centre would cause road safety problems.

She said a lack of parking for visitors would increase problems on Broad Lane, one of the main roads connecting Dalton with the A629 Wakefield Road.

The application by Birmingham based Hasrat Sultan Bahu Trust, was eventually withdrawn.

The new application comes from local resident Arshad Naz who says the plan will improve the area for the community.

He says the premises will be used for prayers and sermon delivery to Muslims and non-Muslims alike along with Urdu, Islamic and Arabic classes.

Documents submitted to Kirklees planners claim the mosque will only be used by a very small congregation of no more than 10 people from the local area.

And Mr Naz says there will be other opportunities for the building to be used to assist in social interaction and cohesion.

The plan shows the 1930s pub will be completely revamped inside and out, although no significant changes will be made to the look of the building.

Architectural drawings show the main pub room would be converted into a male prayer hall.

The female prayer room would be in the basement.

Other rooms upstairs in the property would be used as bedrooms for the caretaker and as a dining room.

The applicant hopes to install seven parking spaces on the site, employing one full-time and two part-time employees in the process.

 

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