Fears for ceme­tery are al­layed by coun­cil

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - ALEX ROSS [email protected]­plc.com

ACEMETERY will not be built over or re­lo­cated as part of plans to ex­pand a West Coun­try vil­lage by around 2,000 homes, a coun­cil has said.

A ‘gar­den com­mu­nity’ will be cre­ated to the south east of Whitchurch un­der the Lo­cal Plan 2016 to 2036 pro­posed by Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil (B&NES).

On doc­u­ments out for con­sul­ta­tion on the pro­posal, il­lus­tra­tions show two op­tions for the com­mu­nity, which will in­clude homes, schools and a park and ride.

Fears had been raised lo­cally that the plans show de­vel­op­ment on Whitchurch Ceme­tery, lo­cated be­tween the A37 and Wood­lard Lane.

How­ever, a spokesman for B&NES has moved to re­as­sure res­i­dents.

He said: “The maps in the op­tions doc­u­ment are di­a­gram­matic at this stage in or­der to show the broad op­tions.

“Ceme­ter­ies are sub­ject to statu­tory pro­tec­tion and there is no in­ten­tion to re­lo­cate or build on Whitchurch Ceme­tery.

“As the Lo­cal Plan pro­gresses we would look in more de­tail at the phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship and prox­im­ity of de­vel­op­ment to the ceme­tery.”

The Lo­cal Plan is put to­gether by the coun­cil to pro­vide a guide for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion. It looks to ad­dress hous­ing short­ages.

Other schemes pro­posed as part of it in­clude a North Keyn­sham Link Road from the A4175 to A4, plus an­other ‘gar­den com­mu­nity’ to the north of Keyn­sham, pro­vid­ing 1,500 homes.

Coun­cil­lor Bob Good­man, cab­i­net mem­ber for de­vel­op­ment and neigh­bour­hoods, said: “The Lo­cal Plan will shape the fu­ture of Bath and North East Som­er­set for the next two decades so it’s re­ally im­por­tant that it works for all our com­mu­ni­ties.

“We’ve asked res­i­dents for their views at ev­ery stage of its de­vel­op­ment and this con­sul­ta­tion is an­other op­por­tu­nity to com­ment on these op­tions and in­form the next step which is the prepa­ra­tion of a draft plan set­ting out the coun­cil’s pro­posed site al­lo­ca­tions and pol­icy for de­vel­op­ments.

“In ad­di­tion to our Lo­cal Plan peo­ple are also be­ing asked for com­ments on the wider Joint Spa­tial Plan which af­fects plan­ning for homes and growth across the re­gion and trans­port plans which would de­liver the in­fra­struc­ture to make fu­ture new de­vel­op­ments pos­si­ble.”

All con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ments can be viewed by vis­it­ing www.bathnes.gov. uk/lo­calplan2016-2036.

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