Plans for new Agbrigg mosque

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Muslim men and women will be able to attend prayers at the same time if plans for a new mosque are given the go-ahead.

The Madina Masjid Committee want to knock down their current place of worship on St Catherine Street, in Agbrigg, and replace it with a purpose built mosque.

The Muslim community currently have prayers and Islamic studies within terraced houses, which have been converted over the years.

But due to an increase in families in the area, members say the current buildings cannot cope with demand.

A planning application has now been submitted to Wakefield Council to demolish numbers 78 to 84 St Catherine Street and build a three-storey mosque in their place.

In a design and access statement submitted to the council on behalf of the Madina Masjid Committee, agent White Agus Partnership said it would be paid for by funds raised in the community.

The report added: “The proposal includes facilities for women that will allow both men and women to attend at the same time. This is not currently possible due to the lack of facilities and space.”

There would be separate entrances for them both.

Plans also include a purpose built room to prepare a Muslim body for burial, which is currently done in the city centre, a kitchen, washing areas and extra toilets as “currently people have to queue”.

The current mosque was established in 1992, replacing a former home at 82 St Catherine Street.

By 1998, the committee purchased a neighbouring property at number 84, converting it into a hall to be used for lager gatherings and events such as Eid.

Nine years later the mosque expanded into number 80.

In 2011 the committee tried to find new premises, but after a year of searching decided to buy number 78 and now want to demolish all four properties so they create a single purpose-built premises.

The building is near gates and turnstiles for Wakefield Wildcats’ Rapid Solicitors Stadium.