22nd Aug, 2019

Company behind plan for Waseley Hills crematorium appeals against its refusal

Tristan Harris 10th Apr, 2019 Updated: 11th Apr, 2019

THE COMPANY behind the controversial plan to build a crematorium on green belt land near to the Waseley Hills has launched an appeal to get Bromsgrove District Council’s refusal overturned.

The application by H2Land for the site off New Inns Lane was thrown out by six votes to one with two abstentions after being heard by the planning committee for a third time last March.

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.

Peter McDonald, who is standing for re-election in Rubery North and has previously campaigned against the crematorium, said: “This will be the fourth time it has been considered and its second time of it going to appeal.

“This is a development that nobody wants.

“It is in the green belt, in an area of outstanding natural beauty with a sight of significant interest next to it.”

He said when the application was submitted last time Bromsgrove District Council should have said there was insufficient change to the plan and not even considered it.

“It has been going on for years now.

“Rubery residents should be able to sleep at night without this in the back of their mind and without the worry that they could wake up the next morning to the news that they are going to have a crematorium built on their doorstep.”

But he added it was now what it was and urged residents to submit their views so they could be considered as part of the appeal.

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.”

The deadline for comments is May 8 and a hearing is scheduled for June 11.

Views should be emailed to East2@planninginspectorate.gov.uk using the reference number – APP/P1805/W/18/3211026

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