DC Casebook: Community Facilities - Chapel community use ruled incompatible

The conversion of a disused chapel in a south Wales cemetery to community use has been rejected following a decision that it would conflict with the character and use of the facility.

The chapel had been subject to vandalism and was used for storage. The council accepted that a number of community uses could be carried out under the D1 use class. The inspector recognised that there was a fine line between what could be permitted without planning permission and what would fall outside the building's established use.

However, she noted that there were graves close by and was not convinced that wider uses outside D1 would be appropriate. She was not persuaded that a condition restricting use to specific purposes such as a meeting place or youth club would be adequately precise, reasonable or enforceable. The proposal could lead to uses that would cause distress to visitors to the cemetery, she feared.

DCS Number 100-064-762

Inspector Julie Dale Clark; Written representations

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