End to Afghan Centre plans

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Controversial plans to turn a pub into an Afghan Community Centre have been withdrawn without explanation.

The application was put in to Peterborough City Council in December by the Peterborough Afghan Shia Association which was seeking to purchase the Golden Lion Pub in Church Street, Stanground.

The application was due to be heard on March 3 by councillors on the Planning and Environmental Protection Committee but was withdrawn yesterday (Tuesday, February 24).

The council has been given no reason for the withdrawal.

Planning officers were recommending that the application be approved despite receiving 403 responses from a public consultation, of which 383 were from people who objected to the plans.

The main objections, according to a document prepared by planning officers, were that there was no need for the centre as there were no Afghan residents living in the area, and also that the pub was a popular place to meet.

A petition opposing the application with close to 100 names on it was also said to have been handed into the council.

The planning application for the centre had been sent in by Nawid Amiri.

In January, he said that the centre would have been used for cultural events, sports and other social activities with people from all backgrounds able to attend.