Cemetery extension

Planning application for change of use of agricultural land for an extension to the cemetery and playing field

The Parish Council has applied to the Broads Authority for change of use of some of the agricultural land  north of the current Pyebush  Lane cemetery and Recreation Centre playing fields, for an extension to the current cemetery and playing fields.  This process is a separate process from the current application to the Secretary of State for a Compulsory Purchase Order to obtain 1 acre of land for a smaller extension, to the cemetery only.
It would be helpful if residents who support the planning application were to write to the BA to express their support.
You can access the website page at:
Scroll down and click on Public Access Search Portal
Under Enter Keywords type in BA/2017/0224/FUL
You can then look at the map, or other Documents (there are pages and pages!) and you can click on “comments” to add your comment – you do need to register I’m afraid…or you can email the officer at:
maria.hammond@broads-authority.gov.uk, or write to:
Maria Hammond
Broads Authority
Yare House
62-64 Thorpe Road
Norwich
NR1 1RY
Quoting BA/2017/0224/FUL
You need to get any comments to the BA by the end of 1st August, ie next Tuesday

Compulsory Purchase Order for land for a cemetery extension

I have received correspondence from the Department for Communities and Local Government, enclosing copies of a letter of support from MP Keith Simpson and letters of objection from two Acle residents. 

You may like to write to the Government supporting or objecting to the Parish Council’s request for a Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire land north of the current cemetery in Pyebush Lane
I have of course told the Secretary of State of the many letters of support, petitions and facebook messages which we received, but it may be a good idea for you to write again, should you wish to do so…
If you want to write, you could email
 
 
Or Address it to:
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
5 St Philips Place
Colmore Row
BIRMINGHAM B3 2PW
 
Then start your letter or email:
 
Dear Sir,
 
Ref: NPCU/CPO/K2610/76471
Compulsory Purchase order for land at Pyebush Lane, Acle

Cemetery extension

Broadland District Council have today turned down the request for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for one acre of land north of the current cemetery.  This is very disappointing and raises the question as to where residents will be buried once the current cemetery is full.

 

Bad news for an extension to the cemetery

Acle Parish Councillors attended Broadland District Council’s Overview & Scrutiny meeting this morning. The parish clerk presented evidence of 137 residents who had written to support the request for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to acquire just one acre of land north of the current cemetery. Only 6 residents have written to object to the proposal, including Acle’s district councillor, Lana Hempsall, who confirmed that she had not changed her view that the CPO should not be supported. After some discussion, BDC voted not to recommend support for our request. District councillors Vince Tapp and Frank O’Neill, who both live in Acle, voted against Acle Parish Council’s request.

The next step is for us to attend BDC’s Cabinet meeting next Tuesday, when BDC will make a final decision as to whether to support Acle in this.

If you feel strongly about this, from either viewpoint, please contact your district councillor Lana Hempsall on 01493 751562 or Cllr.Lana.Hempsall@broadland.gov.uk and copy in the other two councillors who live in the village:

Vince Tapp on 01493 751856 or cllr.vincent.tapp@broadland.gov.uk and

Frank O’Neill on 01493 752111 or cllr.frank.oneill@broadland.gov.uk

 

Cemetery extension- update

Many residents will be aware that the Parish Council has been trying to negotiate the purchase of a piece of land north of the current Pyebush Lane cemetery for many years.

The landowners, the Molineux family trust, who had very generously sold land for the existing cemetery and for an additional sports pitch, felt unable to give up any more land.

The Parish Council has been looking around the village for other land which would be suitable for a cemetery but has not found any. Much of the land around Acle is low lying, with a high water table, which is not suitable.

The Council therefore, reluctantly, approached Broadland District Council (BDC) to ask them to set in motion a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for 3.49 acres of the Molineux family’s land (which would also include a piece of land north of the playing fields for additional recreational space). BDC refused to make the CPO saying that it is an issue which should be sorted out locally and without their intervention. (The Parish Council cannot legally make a CPO itself.)

The parish councillors were stunned and saddened by BDC’s decision and were unsure how to proceed to find new burial land for the village.  Please note, therefore, that the Parish Council will not be able to accept any further requests from residents to reserve a grave space, until the Parish Council has found a new site in order to keep land available for burials, for as long as possible.

The Parish Council remains convinced that a cemetery should be provided in the village and that the land north of the current cemetery is the best, and only, site for a cemetery. The Parish Council has therefore applied again to BDC, this time for a CPO just for the land for an extension to the cemetery. This request will be considered by BDC at its Cabinet Meeting on 22nd December.

Meanwhile it would be very helpful if residents could let the Parish Council know whether or not you support the attempt to compulsorily purchase land north of the current cemetery, or whether you are aware of other land which could be used as a cemetery, or if you don’t wish the Parish Council to provide a new cemetery at all.

Please contact the clerk, Pauline James at Beech Farm, Marsh Road, Upton NR13 6BP, tel: 01493 751070, or email : Paulinejames@aol.com

Cemetery extension

Many residents will be aware that the Parish Council has been trying to negotiate the purchase of a piece of land north of the current Pyebush Lane cemetery for many years.

The landowners, the Molineux family trust, who had very generously given land for the existing cemetery and for an additional sports pitch, felt unable to give up any more land.

The Parish Council has been looking around the village for other land which would be suitable for a cemetery but has not found any. Much of the land around Acle is low lying, with a high water table, which is not suitable.

The Council therefore, reluctantly, approached Broadland District Council to ask them to set in motion a Compulsory Purchase Order for 3.49 acres of the Molineux family’s land (which would also include a piece of land north of the playing fields for additional recreational space).

You may have seen in the EDP that Broadland District Council refused that request at its Cabinet meeting on 29th September. Acle’s district councillor, Lana Hempsall, does not believe that a Compulsory Purchase Order is the right course of action in this case and spoke against the Parish Council’s proposal at both the Cabinet meeting on 29th and the Overview & Scrutiny meeting on 22nd.

The parish councillors are stunned and saddened by BDC’s decision and are unsure how to proceed to find new burial land for the village.  Please note, therefore, that the Parish Council will not be able to accept any further requests from residents to reserve a grave space, until the Parish Council has met to make a decision on this.

The Parish Council is taking legal advice as to how it can proceed and will continue to seek land for a new cemetery and associated car parking.

You are invited to a Parish Council meeting on Monday, 12th October at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall to find out more about this issue.