The owners of a madrassa in Great Horton, Bradford, have applied to Bradford Council to lift conditions that prevent them turning it into a mosque.

Mazhar-e-Islam Ghosai was given permission to turn a workshop on Low Green into an Islamic education centre in 2011. A condition said the building could be used as a madrassa and for no other purpose without Council approval.

The application asks that this condition be lifted “to allow the premises to be used as an Islamic centre and mosque”.

The group has also applied to alter the 10am to 8pm opening hours to allow five daily prayers. The application says the building “is attracting people from the community who want to come and offer their prayers. We cannot turn people away. It provides the opportunity for our students to put into practice their learning when prayers are offered with the wider members of the public.”