considered an application for change of use for the creation of an
extension to the existing cemetery, and creation of two new
Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee
The application had
been referred to Planning Committee at the request of Corporate
Director – Planning and Governance due to the sensitive
nature of the application as the City Council owns part of the site
and the applicant is a Member of the City Council.
The report set out the
background to the proposal, the site and surrounding area, the site
itself, relevant policies, planning history and representations and
consultations where applicable.
The information was
presented as set out by the Service Manager – Development
Management, in conjunction with a powerpoint presentation for the
item. The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late paper
which gave an update to paragraph 4.8 of the report.
The Service Manager
advised that, based on previous years, the maximum number of
expected burials per year was 12, and therefore this number had
been conditioned accordingly. A site management plan had been
offered by the applicants and was included in the recommended
conditions. Consequently, the Highways Authority had no objection,
subject to conditions. Since the preparation of the report, the
County Council’s Public Rights of Way Team had confirmed they
had no objection. The proposals for burial activity had been
removed from flood zone 2 and there were no objections in respect
of flood risk or ground water contamination.
With regard to
ecology, it had been established that the revised proposals will
not give rise to any harm to protected species, however a further
survey had been requested. This was not yet ready and it was
recommended that the Committee delegates authority to the Corporate
Director for Planning and Governance to update the submitted
evidence and where necessary update the conditions, subject to no
new issues arising.
The Service Manager
concluded that the proposal was considered to be suitable
development within the Green Belt, and it was recommended that
delegated approval be granted.
Key Points of Debate
The Committee debated whether 12 expected burials was a realistic
number. The Service Manager explained that this figure had been put
forward by the applicant. It had formed part of the discussions
with the Highway Authority. They were satisfied with the number,
but would be concerned if there were more. He advised that the
issue related to access rather than burials, and if members felt
this needed clarification the condition could be amended to refer
to “funeral events” rather than burials.
With regard to the one objection received, it was clarified that
the cemetery was established before the adjoining office block was
With regard to the ecology survey, the Service Manager advised
that, if there were any new issues arising, the application would
be brought back to the Committee.
The County Council Highways representative replied to comments and
questions and explained that protracted negotiations had taken
place with ...
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