DC Casebook: Community facilities - Cemetery ruled suitable countryside use

An inspector has allowed a cemetery and woodland burial site in Surrey after finding that it would preserve the rural nature of its setting and maintain countryside character.

The site lay in an extensive area of open land crossed by hedges and set with mature trees. Part of the land would have the formal character of a traditional cemetery, while other areas were intended to form wildflower glades. Significant structural landscaping was proposed in the form of woodland copse areas, with existing hedges and trees incorporated into the design.

The inspector recognised that the project would involve significant works and that ongoing operations would be required as use of the cemetery and burial site evolved. Even so, he was satisfied that the proposal would preserve the rural setting and maintain its countryside character, provided it was carefully designed and executed.

He also accepted that the future use of the site would not cause undue disturbance at nearby properties, subject to certain operational restrictions. He concluded that the proposal could fairly be described as a community facility that would be appropriately located in the countryside.

DCS Number 100-069-523

Inspector Roger Shrimplin; Written representations


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