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Go ahead given for Poole Crematorium to provide burials

Plans to provide approximately 500 burial spaces at Poole Crematorium have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Members of Borough of Poole’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to grant the planning application submitted by the council’s Property Services team, subject to conditions, at a meeting held on Thursday 19 March.

The application is for the change of use of the formal mown grass landscape, which is currently used for ash interments, to a formal burial ground accommodating approximately 500 full body burials.

The Planning Committee originally considered the application on 12 February but deferred the decision until officers could provide further information to demonstrate the ‘very special circumstances’ required to justify allowing a burial ground at Poole Crematorium within the Green Belt.

Councillor Philip Eades, Chairman of the Planning Committee, Borough of Poole, said: “After a review of evidence of need and site selection, Members accepted that alternative sites had been properly considered. Members also felt that in order to meet the future needs of the Borough, exceptional circumstances had been demonstrated to deliver the burial spaces within the Green Belt.”

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Crematorium and Burial Services, Borough of Poole, said: “It is important that we accommodate the needs of those people wishing to be buried in Poole and over the last 5 years we have been considering a range of options to meet this need in the future.

“Poole has very little undeveloped land available to build a new cemetery. We previously considered the possibility of providing a cemetery at Canford Magna, but this did not turn out to be a viable option.

“Poole’s historic cemeteries are also nearing capacity and we estimate that these can only continue supplying burial plots for approximately another 10 months.

“We have a chronic shortfall in burial provision in Poole and this application will allow us to meet the need to provide for burials over the next 6-10 years.”

It is anticipated that work will start April/May with burials taking place at Poole Crematorium in June/July.

The full application (APP/14/01586/C) can be viewed online at poole.gov.uk/planningapplications.