New Leeds cemetery planned at Whinmoor Grange site

Plans for a new five-acre multi-faith cemetery on the eastern edge of Leeds are being considered by councillors.

The proposed £350,000 scheme would see burials at the council-owned site at Whinmoor Grange just off the A64 road.

Councils will discuss the plan on Wednesday, and if approved, work would start immediately with the creation of access roads, drainage and landscaping.

Officials said the cemetery scheme had been planned since 2002 and the first burials could begin in January 2013.

Progress on the planned development was put on hold following a review of cemetery provision across the city.

An eight-week public consultation about the cemetery and a draft planning statement for Whinmoor Grange took place during the summer.

Public meetings were held in Thorner and Scholes and discussions held involving councillors, local residents and faith groups.

Council officials said an independent survey of the site was carried out last year with the recommendation being that it was suitable for burials, while additional tree planting and landscaping at the new cemetery were also proposed.

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