Judge 'quashes' Watermead Crematorium plans
1:06pm 20th March 2017
(Updated 1:11pm 21st March 2017)
A judge has 'quashed' planning permission for the Watermead Crematorium in Aylesbury.
Watermead Parish Council have announced the Court of Appeal decision this lunchtime.
The Judgment by Lords Justice Lindblom and Patten, is that Watermead’s case is proven in all respects and that planning permission is quashed.
'Overbearing & damaging'
Parish Council chairman, Sue Severn, said:
"The Parish Council is delighted with this Judgment, which has taken us through many legal
loops, since 2014, when the original application was made.
"Our position has always been, and still is, that this is the wrong development, in the
"The constructed building already proves how overbearing in size and design this development is, damaging the environment the landscape and visual amenity of Watermead forever.
"The removal of so many trees and natural features of Watermead has interfered with the environment and original design concept of the village.
"We trust and hope that Aylesbury Vale District Council will now listen to us if the applicants choose to reapply for planning permission for the site."
The Parish Council says it will continue to rely on the advice of its solicitors and QC in connection with next steps.
Artist's impression of the crematorium site
There have been two separate plans for crematoriums in Aylesbury over the last three years.
One in Bierton and this one on Watermead.
There has been a lot of to-and-fro over both, with various appeals and judicial reviews into both sites.
The private company behind Watermead's have also attempted to fight the Bierton plans.
This news today is the latest in a long battle the Parish Council have fought, even as construction is already underway at the site of the former Riviera Restaurant.
Aylesbury MP David Lidington had heard criticism of the proposals from a number of constituents who were concerned about the potential environmental damage that this might cause.
"This is good news which will be strongly welcomed by my constituents in Watermead.
"I hope that the developers will, even now, reconsider this unnecessary application, especially in the light of the plans, backed by Buckinghamshire District Councils, for a new crematorium at Bierton.
"I urge AVDC to approach any redetermination with scepticism and a clear understanding of local opinion."
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