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OPPOSITION councillors have hit out after discovering Dudley Council is considering accepting a £325,000 out of court settlement offer from Dudley Muslim Association for the land earmarked for a new mosque.

Dudley Council announced this week that an offer had been made for the Hall Street site, which could put an end to an ongoing legal battle.

The Association already has planning permission to build a new mosque on the derelict site but the council won the right to buy the land back in 2014. However the matter is subject to an appeal - with a further Court of Appeal hearing expected in October.

Councillor Pete Lowe, Dudley Council's leader, said the case to date had been a "costly exercise for everyone" and the deal on the table could end "any further costly legal disputes for both sides".