‘Robust’ tests to boost bid for new Yatton cemetery

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 March 2017

The current Yatton cemetery is located close to St Mary's Church.

The current Yatton cemetery is located close to St Mary's Church.

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A new cemetery in Yatton could be a step closer to becoming a reality after months of uncertainty, after North Somerset Council revealed it was allowing research to be carried out at a potential new site.

Yatton Parish Council has wanted to build a new cemetery in Mendip Road for several years, as its graveyard near St Mary’s Church has been near to capacity for some time.

However, it withdrew a planning application to develop the site in 2015 after the Environment Agency raised concerns about the cemetery possibly polluting controlled waters nearby.

Plans to create a new cemetery have stalled since then, despite the parish council revealing there were only two vacant burial plots at its current site earlier this year and a new cemetery was expected to be at least two years away.

However, the parish council will now be able to carry out ground investigations in line with the Environment Agency’s advice, after a licence to carry out this work was granted by North Somerset on March 9.

Parish council clerk Aleana Baird told the Mercury the council intended to start carrying out the work imminently.

Ms Baird said: “We have to carry out the assessments over the course of a year and once the analysis has been completed, we will obviously hope the Environment Agency looks favourably on the site.

“We have been very robust in the tests that are to be done.”

Ms Baird also revealed the parish council intended to submit a new planning application for the site, which could hold up to 1,750 adult graves, while works are carried out during the next 12 months. The council would then apply for the final reserved matters stage of the planning process, which would need to be approved if the plan is agreed in principle before any work can start.

She added: “Depending on the results of the investigations and the Environment Agency’s response to them, we would then progress onto the detailed stage of reserved matters in the planning process.

“All of this is obviously subject to outline planning approval.”

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