PLANS to expand an Islamic welfare centre in Frizinghall have been approved.

The centre (pictured), on the corner of Granville Road and Beamsley Road, is two storeys high but the planning application by Jamil Ithari, approved last week, is for a three-storey side and rear extension to the property, a minaret and a more intricate design.

The application said the introduction of these new features would “give the Islamic Centre a sense of identity, but also enhance the current property and street scene.”

The extension will allow an extra 50 people to use the centre during Friday prayers and create an area for females.

The application adds: “With current demands and needs from the local community the existing centre has outgrown its current occupancy level. Currently the Islamic Centre can only serve a restricted number for Friday prayers.”