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Judge 'quashes' Watermead Crematorium plans

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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
wrong place.

"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.

Background

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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.

MP's response

David Lidington 2 - Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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.

David commented:

"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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Daniel Eggleton
Daniel Eggleton, on 20th March 2017 1:18pm
Let that be a lesson to them
lloyd davis
lloyd davis, on 20th March 2017 2:42pm
Well done Parish Council its the wrong place not good for Water mead -familys /children or visitors on to your next case ?
John Barnes
John Barnes, on 20th March 2017 4:19pm
Well done to the parish council, it would've been an absolute eye sore and so damaging to Watermead as a community with increased traffic and the damage to house prices.

AVDC Planners should hang their heads in shame for allowing it in the first place.
Alan Cooper
Alan Cooper, on 21st March 2017 8:23am
So have trees already been removed? Was that criminal?

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