The site comprised 12ha of farmland with a scheduled Bronze Age burial mound. The appellants proposed a 5ha cemetery with 4ha for 200 car parking spaces and the crematorium. The pub and restaurant would serve people using the two facilities. The council backed the scheme, seeing a pressing need for another cemetery in the area. Historic Scotland's objection to the potential impact on the ancient monument could be tackled through landscaping and careful siting of buildings, it claimed.
The reporter found some support for provision of a cemetery in a local plan policy but no justification for a crematorium or pub. He was unable to conclude that the scheme would have no adverse impact on the burial mound's setting, finding the archaeological investigation inadequate. He saw a risk that even the cemetery might lead to the destruction of key remains. A 750m access road would exacerbate the harmful visual impact, he decided.
DCS Number 100-058-041
Reporter Michael Shiel; Hearing