Rural chapel denied to child bereavement charity

The centre of a field in the Buckinghamshire countryside outside the green belt was judged by an inspector to be an unsuitable location for a chapel for bereaved parents.

The chapel was stated to be intended to meet a national and regional need for a place where bereaved parents could visit but the inspector considered that an isolated rural location was not the only option for providing a tranquil environment and the facility should be accessible by public transport.

The inspector dismissed the appellant’s contention that the chapel should be assessed in the same manner as a burial ground permitted at a hamlet nearby, stating that a burial ground was more likely to require a large area of open land unavailable within settlements and pointing out that local plan policy listed cemeteries as suitable development in the countryside outside the green belt. He also judged the chapel would be seen as an incongruous feature in its open countryside setting.

Inspector: Jonathan Edwards; Written representations

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