A NEW mosque may soon be built in Accrington.
Plans are being drawn up for the mosque to be erected on land between Frederick Street and Steiner Street.
Property developer Tariq Ali, who is behind the scheme, said: "This is a very exciting development.
"We have already been in talks with Hyndburn Council and Lancashire County Council, and have the support of the West Accrington Residents’ Association."
Talks about the project began eight months ago and, while it is still in its early days, it is hoped the new mosque will be open in a few years’ time.
Mr Ali said: "Regeneration is going ahead in this area and the mosque would hopefully contribute to this. There could be a large community centre at the side of the building."
Accrington has two mosques, one in Higher Antley Street and the other in Grimshaw Street, but Mr Ali said the town can support another one.
He said there were no plans to convert an existing church into a mosque as had been suggested in the past.
Mr Ali said: "The people we have talked to have all been very supportive and we look forward to seeing where things go from here."
As well as gaining the support of the local authorities, Mr Ali said he and his colleagues were keen to get backing from nearby residents.
He added: "We want the entire West Accrington community to support this scheme.
"We are hoping to contribute to the overall regeneration of the area and believe it is something that will benefit the community."