A 1970s mosque in the South Side of Glasgow, deemed not fit for purpose, will be renovated to bring the building back to life.

Seven people objected to the application by Inkdesign Architecture to improve and extend the Masjid Noor Mosque on, Forth Street Pollokshields.

Proposals were discussed by the planning committee on Tuesday morning.

The building will be extended over two storeys to provide 2975m2 of new floor space, including basement storage, ground and first floor levels. Associated car parking and cycle spaces will be included.

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The aim is to refurbish the existing place of worship to better meet the requirements of the community and the changing needs of the congregation.

No change to the hours of operation are proposed, with ancillary education facilities and elderly day care facilities more easily accommodated within the proposed extended mosque.

A planning application was approved in 2009 but work had to stop as it varied from the approved plans.

Speaking to the committee a spokeswoman said: “The mosque has existed since the late 1970s but has been deemed “not fit for purpose” for the last few years.

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"It is going to be a striking building once it is remodelled and restructured. I am really impressed with the approach the developers have taken.

“It will be a much safer and more attractive space. It is right next to the edge of the town centre and will contribute to Glasgow as a whole.”

Included in the plans are classrooms and female prayer rooms. An on-site car park with 62 spaces, with disabled bays and electric car parking spaces will be included.

Cycling facilities will also be available.

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Councillor Martin Bartos said: “I think the applicant should be applauded for their design. A lot of effort has clearly gone into this.

“The application does not make clear how many cycling facilities are included. How many cycle spaces are anticipated?”

He was informed that at least 70 cycle spaces would be available at the site.

Following the meeting, Maurice Hickey, Inkdesign Managing Director, said: “The client recognised that there was a need for the current mosque to be upgraded and provide additional facilities to serve the community.

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“We translated this into a contemporary design that provided a strong vision for a mosque in the 21st Century.”