The installation of a number of structures to create a religious boundary which allows orthodox Jews to bypass some religious rules on the Sabbath has been approved.

The area, within Prestwich and Whitefield, known as an Eruv, is a formally recognised continuous boundary or a ‘virtual’ enclosed area.

It is defined using Rabbinic principles designating an area where orthodox Jewish people are able to carry out day to day activities while observing the requirements of the Sabbath.

Bury’s planning committee heard the application site comprised of nine locations.

Three are on Sandgate Road, two on Heys Road and one each on Heywood Road, Willow Road, Fairfax Road and St Margaret’s Road. The application was for the erection six metre high poles, flat panels and gateways at nine locations to mark the boundaries of the Eruv.

A planning report said posts would be similar to lampposts or telegraph poles but slimmer in diameter. A wire would be attached to the top of the poles to bridge them and form what is know as a gateway.

Yonny Mechlowitz, representing Manchester Eruv Committee, spoke in support of the application. He said: “I’m proud to highlight the concept of an Eruv which have been approved and adopted in neighbouring areas such as Salford, Manchester, Bury and Stockport.

“An Eruv has proven to be an invaluable asset to communities enhancing accessibility and enriching the lives of many. The importance of an Eruv cannot be overstated for the movement for those who are less able such as children and older people.

“It provides a defined space where certain activities are permitted on the Sabbath such as carrying. The Eruv becomes a lifeline for many. Our aim with the planning application is to integrate seamlessly into the city.”

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The report said that in the most part, an Eruv can be made up of pre-existing boundary walls and structures but in some areas it may be ‘breached’ or ‘broken up’ by a gap which needs to be bridged to continue or extend the boundary.

The concept of an Eruv does not require planning permission but the erection of the associated structures does. Coun Debbie Quinn said a similar Eruv had been established in her ward in nearby Sedgley and it had been ‘great’ for all sections of the community. The committee unanimously backed the plans.