Con­cern over im­pact new cre­ma­to­rium would have

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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.

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