Crematoria Provision and Facilities

A government response to a consultation on the size and provision of crematoria facilities says that the government believes that restrictions in the 1902 Cremation Act - which places restrictions on the siting of crematoria near homes - remain appropriate to protect neighbouring dwellings and the sanctity of memorial grounds.

The response adds that the government recognise that additional restrictions are contained in guidance, and they will therefore consult on revised guidance which could allow smaller sites to be developed. However, the response stresses that the government has no plans to reduce the protections in national planning policy for the green belt. The document adds that the government continues to believe that local authorities are best placed to consider the need for new crematoria in their area and to consider the facts and circumstances of individual applications.

Author: MHCLG

Date: April 2019

This item updates DCP section 26.13

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