DC Casebook: Community Facilities - Urbanising impact rules out crematorium

The change of use of agricultural land in Staffordshire to a burial ground and crematorium has been rejected after an inspector concluded that it involves an inappropriate form of development.

The appellant claimed that the burial ground would be similar in nature to a cemetery and that PPG2 regards such uses as appropriate in the green belt. He also maintained that crematoria fall within the same definition. The scheme should be permitted without the need to demonstrate very special circumstances, he suggested.

The inspector held that the scheme had to be considered as a whole. The crematorium would involve built development of inappropriate size and appearance, he decided. The chimney and car parking would add to the built development and increase the loss of openness, he added.

DCS Number 100-064-731

Inspector Martin Andrews; Written representations

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