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Traffic fears stop mosque plans

Plans for a purpose-built mosque in Lincoln have been rejected.

Proposals had been submitted for a new building in Boultham Park Road after the Muslim community said it had outgrown its current facilities.

But city councillors followed planning officers' guidance and decided a mosque would cause traffic and parking problems in the area.

The Lincoln Muslim Association said a new building was still needed and it would look at its options.

Dr Rameez Zafar, from the association, said: "Since the start of the university one has seen a gradual increase in the number of Muslim people and businesses.

"With the passage of time you need a bigger place, a more modern facility. This current mosque we have is too small to cater for our needs."

The association originally planned to convert the redundant St Matthew's Church on the site but it burnt down.

But an application for a new two-story building provoked opposition from some residents who said the extra traffic would clog the area.

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