Life in the Parish

Apology issued after Kidmore End cemetery was wrongly earmarked as being suitable for development

The Henley Standard recently reported that the parish council complained after the cemetery in Cooper’s Pightle, off Chalkhouse Green Road, was listed as being available in a housing and employment land availability report produced by South Oxfordshire District Council, which owns the land.

The document provides a technical assessment of the suitability, availability and achievability of land for development and is part of the evidence base for the council’s emerging local plan 2033.

Sue Biggs, chairwoman of Kidmore End Parish Council, wrote to district council leader John Cotton and head of planning Adrian Duffield expressing her concerns about development on the site.

She said: “This site is a cemetery, a place of burial. Did your consultants, or indeed the council when it authorised publication, ever take account of the gross impropriety of suggesting that such a site would be made available by your council, its owner, for housing and employment? It would appear not.

“It is an egregious example of maladministration, combining a possible disruption of the amenities of this village with causing emotional stress to those whose relatives are buried there.”

Cllr Biggs demanded an “urgent explanation” of what the report was “supposed to achieve and why these extraordinary site inclusions have been made”.

The district council admitted it had made an error and apologised.


Read the whole article, published on the Henley Standard

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