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Appeal: Need for burial space in East London does not outweigh green belt harm

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An inspector has blocked plans for a 27-hectare cemetery in Romford, Essex, ruling that the continuing need for burial space in East London would not outweigh the scheme’s harm to the green belt and a nearby Special Character Area.

The site is within the Metropolitan Green Belt, on the edge of the built-up Romford area and north of the A12 road. A similar scheme intended for “uncompromised Muslim burial” was approved by the secretary of state in January 2017, on land south of the A12 that also falls within the green belt. The proposal sought permission to change the site, currently undeveloped grassland, into .....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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