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Hull Sets its Sights on New Sikh Temple Posted On 14 May 2021

Hull’s first ever purpose-built Sikh temple draws nearer, as new photos emerge of the planned design of the building

 

As a result of the growing Sikh community within the area, the existing temple, situated in Parkfield Drive off Anlaby Road, has become too small. The lack of opportunity to extend or develop the current temple, due to the lack of parking facilities, has meant that a new temple is needed. When speaking to Hull Live, a member of the Sikh community, Abbey Singh, cited that safety was at the forefront of the community’s mind, saying, ‘As a community, we are anxious to provide a safe and secure place for our congregation’.

And after three years of searching for a site to build upon, the group landed upon a Hull City Council-owned storage yard on the northern side of Wheeler Street in west Hull, around this time last year.

There were original plans to relocate by developing an empty commercial building on Mount Pleasant in east Hull, but this move never materialised. But as it just so happens, the new site is located only a few hundred yards from the current Sikh centre.

After getting approval back in 2018, to convert the commercial building, the support from the public at the time was significant. A spokesperson for the new scheme said, ‘The support from the people of Hull to the Bedford Street proposal was simply overwhelming and we hope that their support will continue with this proposal’. He went on to discuss the benefits of the new proposed site: ‘The land identified makes use of an empty brownfield site therefore being a sustainable choice and presents an opportunity to provide a design-led scheme which will enhance the street and surrounding area’.

John Benson, of Benson Planning, is the agent who has been working on the project, and will submit the plans to Hull City Council in the coming days. He proudly released the plans on social media, and also commented: ‘This is the culmination of months of work and I hope everyone shares our pride’.

After a round of public consultation, the application is likely to be seen and judged by the council’s planning committee later in 2021.

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