This was a challenging site to secure a planning consent, as it is in the West Midlands Green Belt, right at the edge of the Birmingham City boundary.
We identified a lack of cemetery and later crematoria provision locally and we achieved a planning consent for a new Crematorium and Cemetery facility.
This project required sensitive careful design, due to extensive views and greenfield, green belt location and extensive environmental investigations due to the sensitivities surrounding burials and cremations. Significant ground investigations were undertaking which included ground water monitoring and analysis of soils underlying the site. Traffic issues were highlighted as an issue and a package of transport assessments were undertaken to assure Planning Authorities that the scheme was appropriate.
This all involved us in a significant at risk investment, however having successfully battled through Planning appeals, (despite Officer Recommendations to approve) securing a Planning Consent. The site is currently being sold to an operator.
We had previously secured a deal with the landowner to allow us to work to secure a planning consent at our risk for the site.