Mosque given go-ahead in quiet village

CONTROVERSIAL plans to open a mosque in a residential area could be given the go-ahead after an appeal was lodged with the Scottish Government.

North Lanarkshire Council turned down a planning application last month to turn 75 Cumbernauld Road, in Stepps, into a religious education and worship centre.

However, an appeal against the decision has now been lodged by the applicant with the Scottish Government.

Residents in the Laundry Lane and Cumbernauld Road area have been campaigning against the proposed conversion for three years because of concerns about increased traffic and noise.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government confirmed an appeal had been lodged with the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals.

He added: “A reporter from the directorate has been appointed to determine the appeal and is due to carry out a site inspection on March 30.”