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Salisbury cemetery gets planning permission
A DESPERATELY needed new cemetery for Salisbury was given the go-ahead by planners last night.
Wiltshire Council’s southern area committee met at the City Hall to consider two potential locations for the facility near land allocated for a housing development to the north west of Fugglestone Red.
The committee had already refused permission for one of the sites on land to the north west of The Avenue in February, but developer Persimmon Homes resubmitted the application with additional information, and has also lodged an appeal.
The committee refused this application for a second time, but granted outline permission on an alternative site to the east of The Avenue.
Salisbury City Council has expressed its preference for the north western site as being an easier to develop, manage and maintain, but gave its support to both applications, saying there is no space left at existing facilities in London Road and Devizes Road.
City clerk Reg Williams said: “Salisbury has searched high and low for almost 15 years for a site for a cemetery to no avail. This offers hope and a very rare opportunity to provide a public facility that is so desperately needed.”
Committee members objected to the north western site because they feel it would be too remote from the city and therefore hard to access except by car and would have an adverse affect on the surrounding countryside, misgivings that are shared by Salisbury Civic Society.
Chairman Fred Westmoreland also said the site was not identified for such a use within the county council’s Core Strategy and that the new application showed “no significant change” to the previous application.
Concerns were also raised over the second site, which would be accessed via the 60mph The Avenue and would mean several trees would have to be removed in order to satisfy visibility requirements for drivers entering and exiting the site.
Councillors suggested consideration of an alternative access on the other side of the cemetery, but this was discounted as it would involve funeral corteges passing through the planned housing development and past light industrial units that are also to be a part of the Fugglestone Red development.
An inspector will hear an appeal over the original application at a date to be confirmed, and detailed proposals will have to be provided for either site before any development can proceed.
• Outline permission was granted to Persimmon Homes in February for 1,250 new homes at Fugglestone Red along with community facilities including a primary school, shops and sporting facilities. Detailed plans have yet to be submitted.
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