Cemetery extension plan to be considered in Bourne

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PLANS to extend the cemetery in Bourne will be considered by the district council next week.

Bourne Town Council lodged its application in 2010 to change the use of land adjoining the cemetery to form an extension and 14 car parking spaces.

The land is located behind 41 to 45 South Road, Bourne and is currently allocated for housing.

The 2.2 acre plot is owned by Kier Homes, which is developing the Elsea Park estate.

Town clerk Nelly Jacobs said: “The cemetery needs to be extended because there is a limited usage left and when that runs out there is no other provision.

“Residents will have to go somewhere else. There are other cemeteries in the area but some people might get a bit upset.”

The application will be discussed by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday and has been recommended for approval by officers.

The planning officers’ report says a cemetery on the site would have minimal visual impact and would be well integrated into the street scene surrounding it.

It adds: “There would be no detrimental impact on the residential amenities of the occupiers of nearby dwellings or on highway safety.”

If the application is approved there is no guarantee that the land will be turned into a cemetery. But Mrs Jacobs hopes that having planning permission will give the town council extra leverage in negotiations with the landowner.

She added: “I have been raising the issue since I have been here. The land may be too expensive for us to buy but if we get the permission it would give us a bit more standing.

“Kier Homes still has permission to put houses on the land, but we have identified a second use for it.”

Kier Homes has objected to the change of use, saying it would take away residential units from the Elsea Park development and the access road would not be able to handle the extra traffic.