Agenda item

Agenda item

Application for 133465/FO/2022 & 133466/LO/2022 - British Muslim Heritage Centre, College Road, Manchester, M16 8BP - Whalley Range Ward

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.


The British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) is a grade II* listed building, set in extensive landscaped grounds between College Road and Clarendon Road in the Whalley Range Conservation Area. Boundary treatment includes a stone wall and railings to College Road, and the gate posts and entrance are grade II listed. This entrance is, however, rarely used and the main vehicle access is currently taken from the north-east corner of the site on College Road. To the Clarendon Road boundary the wall is red brick with stone coping and patterns of slightly recessed panels, there is also an access to Clarendon Road. The building sits fairly centrally within the site with more formal gardens to the north and hard standing and grassed areas to the south. There is significant, mature tree cover around the site. The area surrounding the site is predominantly residential, mainly a mix of terraced and semi-detached housing but with some larger detached properties in spacious grounds.


In 2013 the British Muslim Heritage Centre obtained planning and listed building

consent for the erection of a temporary marquee for use in association with the

centre. This was renewed in 2016 and 2019 subject to conditions, which have been

discharged. This report relates to the planning application to retain the existing

temporary marquee for a further 3 years and for associated listed building consent.


There had been 17 objections from 15 separate addresses received from members

of the public. The late representations pack gave notice of 74 letters submitted in support of the application which requested that planning permission be extended.


The Planning Officer informed the Committee of the 74 letters of support and recommended additional controls to the management strategy relating to idling, revving of engines and training for security staff.


No objectors to the application attended the meeting or addressed the Committee on the application.


The applicant addressed the Committee on the application.


A Local Ward Councillor addressed the Committee in support of the application, stating that he has been a Ward Councillor for 11 years and is aware that the marquee has been made available for free use for many voluntary groups and that this is of vital use for the area. The Councillor stated that they had a family wedding in the marquee and noted that the BMHC had laid out lots of ground rules 1 week ahead regarding noise and music being kept at acceptable levels and mentioned that there was a manager present at all times. The Councillor concluded by stating that the site maintained a good service and there were further steps in place for any future issues too.


The Planning Officer gave mention of an ongoing dialogue with the BMHC to ensure that all aspects of the approved management strategies are adhered to.


The Chair invited the Committee to make comments/ask questions.


A member stated that they had grown up in this area when it was in a much more run down state but praised the BMHC as putting Whalley Range on the international map. The site had been a great addition to the area and facilitated many charity events and the like. With regard to any complaints about the centre, the member stated that they required solid evidence and for complainants to contact the City Council directly.


Councillor Andrews moved the recommendation of Approve for the application with the replaced Condition 4 from the late representations agenda. Councillor Richards seconded the proposal.




The Committee resolved to agree the recommendation of Approve with the replaced Condition 4 from the late representations agenda.


(Councillor Flanagan declared a non-pecuniary interest and took no part in the discussion or decision-making process on this item).

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