Cemetery will extend to allotment site

Plans to extend Bridlington cemetery, in Sewerby Road,  were approved NBFP PA1340-7b
Plans to extend Bridlington cemetery, in Sewerby Road, were approved NBFP PA1340-7b

Plans to extend Bridlington’s cemetery into the allotments next door have been approved as burial room for bodies would run out by 2018.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council applied for planning permission, for the second time, to convert the Allotment Garden South next to the cemetery in Sewerby Road into a burial ground.

The plans for the extension will mirror the current cemetery and provide an extra hectare of land which will allow for around 1,500 graves - ensuring burial space for the next 50 years.

The application received recommended approval by Bridlington Town Council.

Allotment Garden South is owned by the council and is leased out to Sewerby Road Allotment Association but has always been earmarked for cemetery extension purposes. The council can serve notice to bring and end to the lease which will be this summer.

The application was refused in November 2014 following 16 letters of objection as no provision was made to relocate allotment holders.

In February 2016, 16 tennants were relocated to the nearby Queensgate site. They received a on-off discretionary disturbance payment to cover relocation expenses and received free rent until April 2016.

There is space available to home the remaining few allotment holders from the plot.

Two objections by tennants were received voicing concerns such as “the cemetery is large enough and an ‘out of town’ solution should be decided.”

One 87-year-old man said that he would have to “start all over from scratch which is very daunting at my age” and he has no transport to the Queensgate site. Tennants need to vacate the allotments by summer 2016 when the lease comes to an end.

Director of planing and economic regeneration, Alan Menzies said: “As a result of its location, together with its design and layout, it is considered that the proposal would not have a detrimental impact upon the character or visual amenity of the area, nor the residential amenity of neighbouring residents.

“Appropriate access provisions can be provided whilst ground conditions are suitable to use the site as a burial ground.”