A community centre will be built next to Aylesbury Mosque subject to planning approval.
The two storey centre in Havelock Street would be run by the Ghausia Salihene Association, an educational and cultural charity currently based in the mosque which works ‘primarily for the benefit of the Muslim community but also serves the wider local community’.
A statement submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council on behalf of the applicants said the association’s popularity meant that larger, dedicated premises were now needed.
The adjacent land at the north-east end of Havelock Street was identified as the most suitable site and funds to acquire the property were sought.
The statement adds: “The majority of funds for the site and development proposals have been donated from individuals within the community over several years – testament to the popular needs for such facility.”
The association believes the ‘purpose designed building will offer rich learning and indoor sport opportunities in a multi-cultural community which is in much in need of such a dedicated facility’.
“The development will be mutually beneficial for all sectors of the community, helping to create better links between members of differing faiths – and hence building on the already established community spirit.”
Aylesbury Vale District Council will decide on the plans in the coming months.