Grave doubts over plan for new Leeds cemetery

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Plans have been unveiled to develop a privately-run cemetery in the north Leeds green belt.

A planning application has been submitted to lay out a multi-faith and non-denominational cemetery with 770 plots at Shadwell.

The scheme, proposed for land south of Shadwell Lane and east of Shadwell Park Grove, includes a car park for 20 vehicles, palisade fencing, landscaping scheme and a caretaker’s building.

Opening times would be 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 4pm weekends and bank holidays. It has been estimated that with 770 plots, the cemetery could take a total of 1,540 burials.

A design and access statement accompanying the application, submitted by Mr and Mrs Nathan Wain, says entry to the cemetery will be from Shadwell Lane and the on-site car park has been designed to allow for turning manoeuvres.

It adds: “A remembrance garden, a place for memorial plaques for the deceased, is to be included in our design. There will be headstones allowed in the cemetery and also small flowering shrubs together with a memorial stone or similar laid flat on the grave, if preferred.

“We intend to create an up-to- date cemetery that allows families to visit loved ones in a peaceful, relaxed setting.”

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But the scheme, likely to go before the council’s east plans panel within the next few months, has already run into opposition from nearby residents. They fear it will cause traffic problems on a part of Shadwell Lane they claim is too narrow to cope with a large funeral attendance.

An objection lodged by Russell Graham, of Shadwell Park Grove, says: “Just imagine a large funeral coinciding with the school run.”

Another objector, Geraldine Levison, says valued green belt land dividing Leeds and Shadwell will be lost.

Partick Whelan and Gareth Hayes.

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