Casebook: Appeal Cases - Commercial and industrial - Extended premises approved for undertaker

An extension to a funeral director's business in north-east Scotland has been sanctioned despite local residents' concerns that it would increase the capacity of the business to store bodies, thereby undermining the quality of the local environment.

The reporter accepted that not everyone would want to live next door to a funeral director's. However, he noted that the business was long established and that dismissing the appeal would not lead to the relocation of the current use.

While recognising that the extension would increase the capacity of the premises to store bodies, he felt that this would not lead to a marked increase in general activity in and around the site. He allowed the appeal subject to conditions limiting noise levels during working hours and requiring the use of opaque glass in the windows.

DCS No: 52755931; Reporter: Alan Walker; Written representations.

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