Concern over impact new crematorium would have
PLANS to build a new crematorium in Bucks have moved a step closer.
Following a public consultation by Buckinghamshire County Council late last year, a decision has now been taken to close a stretch of highway between Rowsham Road and Cane End Lane in Bierton to motor vehicles.
This is in connection with plans to build a new crematorium just outside the village. The Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee (CCJC) was originally granted planning permission in October 2014.
This was quashed by a judicial review requested by the Westerleigh Group that is planning to build a crematorium on a site in Watermead, Aylesbury.
The CCJC regained planning permission in October 2015, which is now subject to a further challenge by Westerleigh.
Westerleigh has applied to the High Court for permission to appeal against the permission granted to the CCJC by Aylesbury Vale District Council Strategic Deve lopmen t Management Committee.
This process can take up to six months.
The planning permission for the Bierton site is still valid unless the High Court states otherwise.
Councillor Michael Smith chairman of the CCJC stated “Despite the delays the CCJC remains committed to delivering the new crematorium.
“Local residents have made it very clear that they are very concerned about the local roads and the impact a new public facility would have on them.
“The decision to go ahead with stopping up the highway between Rowsham Road and Cane End Lane is vital to ensure that traffic travelling to the new crematorium doesn’t come into conflict with local road users including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.”
The ‘stopping up’ of the road will be carried out in conjunction with the building of the crematorium.
This is expected to be later this year.
The CCJC is made up of three local authorities – Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils. It runs the wellestablished Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham.