Plans to create a new natural burial space and a pet crematorium on farmland in North Staffordshire have been thrown out.
Martin Hills Limited applied to change a plot of land off Luzlow Lane in Bagnall into the new burial space – complete with reception and crematorium units and on-site parking.
Currently the plot is used as a ‘retail/horticultural site’ with the applicant claiming it is ‘used as a nursery for various species of rhododendron as horticultural and retail’.
The new proposal would have seen it used to cremate animals that weigh less than 50kg in coffins or body bags – subject to receiving the nod from DEFRA and the Plant Health Agency.
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But Staffordshire Moorlands District Council planners have now refused the scheme because the site is in the Green Belt.
A report stated: “Given the nature of the proposed use, day time hours only and the separation distances to residential neighbours it is judged unlikely that adverse neighbour amenity impacts would arise.
“Concerns raised about possible pollution emissions to the air, whilst understandable, would appear unlikely to occur on examination of the type of specialist apparatus involved.
“Fundamentally the scheme is not found to meet the eligibility requirements for development in the Green Belt and is recommended for refusal for this reason.”