Cemetery plans in Banstead withdrawn after complaints

Plans to create a cemetery in Surrey have been withdrawn because of the number of complaints from residents.

Cemetery Development Services Ltd wanted to build a new private cemetery, off Croydon Lane, which would include a chapel and parking.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council received over 500 complaints about the plans which were submitted on 20 March.

But the firm said many objections were against it including a crematorium or mosque and were unfounded.

Justin Smith, the agent for Cemetery Development Services, said: "There were so many complaints about it being a crematorium, which it wasn't.

Natural burials

"A lot of people were saying it was a mosque, which it wasn't.

"A lot of people were saying it was a Muslim burial site, which it wasn't

"It wasn't a mosque, it wasn't a crematorium, it was what it said on the planning application."

In a report about the proposals, the company had said it wanted to build the facility to provide a range of cultural, social and financial needs.

The cemetery and chapel would cater for burials of all faiths and choices of formal and natural burials, it added.

'Swallowed up'

Mr Smith said cemetery space in Banstead was due to run out within a decade and the facility would carry out between 100 to 120 full burials a year.

One resident opposed to the scheme, Daniel Diodato, said he objected because it was planned for green belt land.

He said: "It is green belt land and should remain like that.

"We do not want Banstead swallowed up and whether it is a crematorium or a cemetery, we would oppose it."

Mr Smith said the company was considering submitting another application but, if they did, it would carry out a full consultation.

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