UK: We don’t want 330 students next door in Mill Road, says Cambridge mosque

Plan of the proposed new Cambridge Mosque

Supporters of Cambridge’s new mosque have said they don’t want more than 300 student flats to be built next door.

In a statement, Cambridge Muslim Academic Trust said a “concentration” of undergraduate accommodation on the former Priory Motors site in Mill Road “would not represent the best amenity value and is unlikely to be the development option most beneficial to local residents or mosque users”.

The trust said it was concerned by plans for the student development to front directly onto the street, preferring a continuation of the community garden planned for outside the mosque.

Development next to the mosque should “strive to match and complement the massing, materials and design values of our own structure”, the trust said.

The statement said: “Our preference is for a mixed scheme of a lower density, to include residential family and young couple accommodation.

“We are confident that proximity to the prestigious new mosque structure will attract new home purchasers from all sections of the community.