Muslim education centre leaders’ revamp plans for former pub

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THE organisation behind a Muslim education centre set up in a converted derelict former pub wants to revamp the venue.

The Al-hayat Foundation was given permission to change the Melrose Arms, in Shotton Colliery, into the centre in May after a series of previous applications.

Residents had expressed concerns about the traffic it would generate, while councillors were concerned about a segregation in the community.

Now the foundation, which has said the centre will be used by up to 12 families, has asked Durham County Council if it can build a pitched roof where a flat roof is at the back of the Front Street site.

It also wants to install shutters over its windows and put in new windows and doors to allow the centre to come in to use.

Some internal changes will also be made and a private access to the first floor accommodation set up.

Planning officers have been delegated the decision over the plan.