Burial plots shortage prompts cemetery bid

St Mary's Church.

St Mary's Church. - Credit: Archant

Plans have been submitted to build a new cemetery in Yatton which would solve long-running concerns about a lack of burial plots in the village.

Talk of creating a new burial site has been going on for years and initial plans were drawn up in 2012 to build a cemetery off Mendip Road.

A planning application for the site has now been submitted by Yatton Parish Council.

The search for land to be used as a cemetery has been prompted by the lack of space near St Mary’s Church. Estimates suggest that within two years the remaining space for plots could be filled up.

With several housing estates proposed for Yatton, the need for a new cemetery is particularly great.

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The planned site off Mendip Road for the new cemetery will include room for 1,750 graves, and an area for natural burials to take place too.

The parish council also wants to create allotments there to ease a growing waiting list in the village for a garden plot.

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The application’s design and access statement said: “The cemetery has met local need for the burial of the dead for many years, but space for new graves is low and is likely to be used up within two years.

“There is a clear need for a new cemetery to meet continued burial needs.”

The final decision over planning permission will be made by North Somerset Council.

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