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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Burial site plans given green light

A SOUTH Lakeland community is to be given more space to bury their dead.

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ALMOST FULL: The graveyard at St John’s Church, Flookburgh, is running out of room BILL MYERS

The existing graveyard at St John the Baptist Church, in Flookburgh, near Grange, is almost full.

Now South Lakeland District Council’s planning bosses have given the green light to convert a field into a new burial site.

Mark Shipman, the SLDC planning officer in charge of the application, told Thursday’s meeting that the only issue was whether to use screening to protect the view of three homes facing the field.

He told the committee: “The only matter here is whether to include extra planting to the outskirts of the site as a condition of approval.”

The field set to be transformed into a new cemetery sits behind the Grade II listed church in Station Road.

An average of 12 to 14 burials take place at the current graveyard, at the front of the building, every year.

It had been envisaged that space would run out entirely in the next year – leaving families in the area with the dilemma of finding space outside of the area or opting for cremation of their relatives.

But tests carried out on the proposed field over the past 12 months have shown it could be used for normal depth burials without impacting on the local water supply.

Residents of the three homes facing the site disagreed over the use of screening – with two for and one against.

Planning committee member Councillor Mary Wilson said: “There’s an issue between the residents in the neighbouring properties – one doesn’t want screening and the others do.

“In my view the screening would block out their main outlook and some light.

“Maybe one huge bush in front of the house might be an acceptable solution, but I am happy to delegate this decision to the officers.”

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