Chapel of rest allowed despite amenity alarm

An inspector has deleted a condition prohibiting the storage and viewing of bodies at a Hampshire funeral parlour, ruling that allowing this would not slow traffic or disturb neighbours.

The appellant sought to use the premises as a chapel of rest as well as for sales and offices. The inspector said that this was a normal part of a funeral director's business. Although a small number of nearby homes had windows and in one case a balcony overlooking parts of the funeral parlour's rear yard, he found that boundary walls and a proposed canopy over the back door would screen views of coffins being loaded and unloaded.

He acknowledged that many people find the idea of funeral parlours distasteful, but was satisfied that the transfer of coffins would not be carried out in full public view. He did not consider that the chapel of rest would generate more noise or traffic than any other class A1 retail use.

Inspector: Martin Champion; Written representations


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