Accrington police say they could build a new station near land earmarked for a £4 million mosque and community centre.

Hyndburn council has approved part of the Steiner Street clearance area in west Accrington to be used for a mosque holding up to 2,500 worshippers.

The idea was approved in principle by Hyndburn’s cabinet back in June 2009, but a planning application has still yet to be submitted.

But council bosses say the police, keen to move from their current Manchester Road base, have also made inquiries over the site.

Central ward councillor Allah Dad said has requested a meeting with council chief executive David Welsby to discuss the mosque plans.

He said: “We will try to find out where things are. It’s been backwards and forwards since 2009. I think there were some changes in the Mosque Committee management, and we have also had a change from Conservative to Labour-run council.

“The commitment from the Mosque Committee is still there and the community wants a mosque to be going there.”

Mr Welsby told the Observer nearly everybody living in the area had moved out, but it could take another six months before the council owns the entirety of the site.

He said: “What we have on the council books is a position that part of the site can be used for a mosque. That does not amount to a planning permission of any sort.

“The police may be interested in this site or any sites along Hyndburn Road because it’s got good access to the motorway.

“There are a couple of acres there so we could more than accommodate the needs of a mosque and police station if they were interested in bringing proposals to us.”

Chief inspector Julian Platt confirmed the site, off Hyndburn Road, was one of a number of different locations being considered.

He added: “We are looking for the most suitable site which allows us to best serve the communities of Hyndburn.”

The relocation process is ongoing and will be decided by the Police Authority.