Plans have been put forward to build a synagogue and kosher food shop at the site of a former petrol station in Prestwich.

An application has been sent to the council to build the Jewish space for worship and food store on land at Bury Old Road, where a Texaco garage once stood.

The ground floor would be used for the shop while the synagogue would be based upstairs.

The proposals, submitted by applicant Unimore Limited, is a resubmission of a similar scheme that was approved in 2019 but planning permission for them plans have now lapsed.

A statement with the fresh application says it would include the demolition of existing structures at the site, which was turned into a hand car wash after being used as a petrol station.

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"This scheme is identical to that previous exception, the only difference being that one internal staircase is now proposed to be removed", the plans state.

The applicant said there is a demand to offer more facilities in the area for the Jewish population.

The statement said: "The existing retail/commercial units in this local centre provide for a good range of local needs.

"However, there remains a shortage of facilities designed to specifically serve the local Jewish community.

"The new synagogue user has not been determined at this stage. 

"A new user will be identified to serve the local community."

The shop would be open six days a week, excluding Saturdays for religious reasons.

The synagogue would be open every day with separate opening hours to the shop.

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In conclusion the planning statement said: "The proposed scheme will allow this currently vacant site within the local centre to fulfil a positive economic role and to serve the local community.

"The proposals would have a net positive effect on employment generation and it is anticipated that the proposal would create in the region of six full time and six part time jobs."