THERE’S a special planning meeting to decide whether a listed Victorian school building (left) should be knocked down and a mosque built in its place.

All 40 councillors from Surrey Heath Borough Council will consider the application from the Hampshire & Surrey Bengali Welfare Association this evening at the theatre in Knoll Road, Camberley starting at 6.45pm.

Local residents are up in arms over the idea of what was formerly St Gregory’s Roman Catholic school being demolished and replaced by a mosque with a domed roof and two minarets. Over 300 people are expected to pack into the theatre to voice their opposition to the application.

The property in London Road, which is about half a mile away from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, was bought by the Bengali Association back in 1996 and has been used as an Islamic Centre.

Now they say the building no longer large enough to meet the needs of the growing local Muslim community.