Controversial plan for a cemetery in rural Bradford is withdrawn by developer


CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a cemetery in a rural part of the district were withdrawn by the developer, days before a planning committee turned them down.

Proposals for a multi-faith cemetery at Old Allen Road, between Wilsden and Thornton, were first submitted in 2020.

The application was due to be presented to members of Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee today, but the application has been withdrawn and the meeting has now been cancelled.

Submitted by Amar Hussain, the request said the site would provide 1,000 burial spaces, a tranquility garden and parking for 35 vehicles.

The planning committee is asked to refuse plans for a new cemetery in the district’s rural area

More than 650 people opposed the plans and council planning officers had also raised concerns about the request.

In a report reportedly presented to the committee, members were advised to reject the plans.

Officers gave five reasons why the plans should be refused, ranging from the impact on the green belt to the damage the works could cause to nearby listed buildings to increased traffic to a rural area.

The report states: “The site is in a remote, rural and unsustainable location and it is highly likely that all participants will be traveling by car.”


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