Islamic girls' school to open in Burnley College soon

THE proposed international Islamic girls' college in Burnley should open at the end of this month – subject to an inspection this week.

The Mohiuddin International Girls' College – to be based in the former Burnley College in Ormerod Road – has undergone major restructuring work to create accommodation for boarding students.

Principal Mr Mohammed Arif told the Express work had taken five to six months to complete, costing 500,000. It had been made difficult because of the listed status of the historic building.

He said: "We are expecting an inspection from the council planners this week to sign off the work. Hopefully, then, we will be on schedule to open for students at the end of this month which was our original aim. We have had an excellent working relationship with the planners and made a significant investment in the site."

A special joint Burnley and Blackburn Building Control Committee has been working closely with the Islamic trust in recent months.

Mrs Sue Graham, Burnley Council's head of planning and environment, confirmed the council is in contact with Mohiuddin International Girls' College.

"Our role is to advise the organisation of the necessary steps so all building regulations are complied with, as we do with all such projects. Building regulation issues only relate to the changes being made to provide residential accommodation and not to the educational part of the building. For instance, the college can take day students before any agreement is reached regarding building control issues," she said.