Decision to be made over natural burial ground plans

A decision is set to be made tonight over controversial plans to allow a natural burial ground in Walsall to carry out one service per day.

Aerial view showing site of natural burial ground off Winterley Lane in Rushall, Walsall
Aerial view showing site of natural burial ground off Winterley Lane in Rushall, Walsall

Bosses at the facility on Winterley Lane in Rushall want to change the frequency of burials from 50 per year to one per day, saying there was a need for the cemetery in the area.

But the proposal sparked fury amongst nearby residents and local councillors who were worried about the impact on traffic and road safety as well as environmental concerns.

Planning chiefs deferred the decision at a stormy meeting last month to allow for further assessments to be carried out to help alleviate concerns.

In a report to tonight's planning meeting, officer Barbara Toy has recommended approval be finally granted.

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