A DECISION on controversial plans for an Islamic community centre in Clacton is expected to be made in March.

Tendring Islamic Cultural Association wants to turn the former Harmony beauty salon, in Pier Avenue, into a prayer and meeting centre.

The blueprints were rejected by Tendring Council, but an appeal against the decision was launched.

It will now be decided by a planning inspector.

A Planning Inspectorate spokesman said: “The appeal has not been decided yet.

“A site visit has been arranged for early February and a decision could be expected in March.”

The application sparked 92 letters of objection and a 470-name petition against it, as well as 30 letters and a 89-name petition in support.

Hundreds of residents turned out to the meeting to protest against the plans in May.

Planning officers at the council advised councillors to approve the application, but it was rejected unanimously.

Councillors said it would have a n adverse impact on the town centre.