Plans to turn pub into place of worship and food bank approved
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 16, 2020
A former Preston pub will become a place of worship for Muslims and a food bank centre.
Once a favourite watering hole for Preston North End players, the Withy Trees in Fulwood is set to be transformed into a Muslim centre.
Plans for the pub, based in Lytham Road, to become a prayer room first surfaced in March this year.
But the planning application, put forward by the Noorani Education Centre, based in Garstang Road, Fulwood, was officially approved by Preston City Council on Friday (June 12).
Noorani has been given the green light to transform the pub into a Mosque and teaching centre, although the council planning committee say that their approval comes with some conditions.
The material used for the new building roof must match existing pub materials, the transition of the building must begin within three years of council approval and no damage is to be caused to the trees or hedges on the site.
The transformation of the Withy Trees will include the construction of a new car park and outdoor amenity space where the Noorani community food bank will operate from.
There are also plans to replace a section of the pub’s first floor flat with a pitched roof.
The Withy Trees Hotel closed its doors in July 2019 having operated as a pub since 1849.
Brewery giant Greene King sold the pub following a downturn in business.
The Noorani Education Centre, based just down the road from the Withy Trees, decided to buy the pub because its current premises is too small and has little room for parking.
It has operated a centre for prayer and tuition, as well as a food bank, since 2008.
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