Controversial plans for a cemetery near Wilsden are withdrawn


CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new cemetery on greenbelt land near Wilsden have been withdrawn.

The proposals – for a site in Old Allen Road, between Thornton and Wilsden – were due to be debated by Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday January 20.

But the requester, Amar Hussain, withdrew the scheduling request days before the meeting.

He was asking permission for a multi-denominational cemetery with 1,000 burial places, a “garden of tranquility” and parking for 35 vehicles.

The program received more than 650 objections and planning officers had recommended that it be turned down.

A number of concerns have been raised, including increased traffic levels.

Highway chiefs feared vehicles would overrun the site and put safety at risk.

A report said: “The site is in a remote rural area and it is highly likely that all attendees would be traveling by car.

“Old Allen Road and all nearby roads are rural/semi-rural with no sidewalks or street lights.”

It was also claimed that the development would be inappropriate for the green belt and not in line with the Thornton and Queensbury Landscape Character Area.

Mr Hussain said there were few non-greenbelt sites in the district suitable for new cemeteries.


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