12th Dec, 2019

Appeal over plan to build crematorium near the Waseley Hills to be heard tomorrow

THE APPEAL regarding a controversial application to build a crematorium in the green belt at the foot of the Waseley Hills will be heard by the Planning Inspectorate tomorrow (Tuesday).

H2Land launched the bid in April in a bid to get Bromsgrove District Council’s refusal for the site off New Inns Lane overturned.

It was was thrown out by six votes to one with two abstentions after being heard by the planning committee for a third time last March.

The planning appeal will take place at the Council House at 9.30am.

Residents living near the site expressed their relief and more than 80 celebrated at the meeting when the application was turned down.

The original plan was thrown out as it did not have the ‘very special circumstances’ required to develop on green belt land, a further proposal was refused by the planning committee in September 2016.

An appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspector in August 2017.

Permission had previously been granted for a cemetery, chapel and maintenance building but residents said roads were not suitable to accommodate the crematorium and questioned the need for it as others were not running to their full capacity.

The Standard approached the council once the appeal had been launched amidst angry claims that because it had previously been rejected, the authority should not have considered it again.

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “The application put forward was changed sufficiently to be considered again and was therefore treated as such in the planning process.”

 

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