Revised plans approved for Buckinghamshire crematorium

Revised plans to build a crematorium in Buckinghamshire have been approved by Aylesbury Vale District Council following a High Court wrangle over the initial application.

Great Crested Newts: present at development site (pic Wildlife Wanderer via Flickr)
Great Crested Newts: present at development site (pic Wildlife Wanderer via Flickr)

The Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee (CCJC), comprising Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils, has now been granted permission to build a single-storey crematorium at Bierton, alongside cortege facilities, private and remembrance gardens and parking.

The CCJC secured planning permission last year for a new crematorium in Bierton, but the decision was quashed in March following a judicial review brought by rival developer the Westerleigh Group.

The High Court judge ruled that Aylesbury Vale District Council had failed properly to take into account the possible presence of great crested newts on the site when granting permission for the project.

The CCJC submitted a revised application, along with additional information showing that Natural England would grant the required licence if the scheme was approved.

The application was given the green light by Aylesbury Vale District Council’s strategic development management committee on Thursday.

According to a statement sent on behalf of the CCJC, work is expected to start on the site in spring after the great crested newts breeding near the site have been moved. It added that a licence from Natural England will be applied for to allow the works to go ahead.

Michael Smith, chairman of the CCJC, said: "While there has been a hiatus in the process, the CCJC has remained committed to delivering the new crematorium.

"We already provide a very good and well regarded service to residents at the Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham and are looking forward to using these skills and experience to provide services at Bierton. We will be working closely with the local residents during the build-up to construction and when works take place on site."

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