A town's cemetery is set for expansion – if planning permission is given the go ahead. Cheadle Town Council has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the proposed extension to the town’s cemetery in Park Lane, Cheadle.
A town’s cemetery is set for expansion – if planning permission is given the go ahead.
Cheadle Town Council has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for the proposed extension to the town’s cemetery in Park Lane, Cheadle.
The proposal includes the removal of a number of trees.
Within an Arboricultural Report, which accompanies the planning application, HE Williams of Tree Heritage Ltd states: “A total of 28 tree were included in my survey and of these five were put into Category A, 6 into Category B and the remainder into Category C.
“The site is an existing cemetery, and the proposal is to extend this into the adjacent land.
“The proposed layout has been designed to avoid the Root Protection Areas (RPAs) of as many trees as possible and only two fairly poor trees will be removed to gain vehicular access into the adjacent land.
“The trees to be removed are T1 and T2 which are both Category C Hawthorns.
“The proposed paths have all been designed so that they avoid the RPAs of any of the remaining trees.
“All retained trees will require protection during the construction work to make sure that they are not damaged.
“This can be achieved by creating a Construction Exclusion Zone (CEZ), using barriers to exclude vehicles, personnel and materials.”
Members of Cheadle Town Council discussed the application at their online meeting on Monday (February 15). They had, prior to the discussion, collectively declared an interest as the planning application is the council’s own.
There was mention that two well-used footpaths next to the site need to be “looked at” and councillors then voted to recommend approval of the plans.
The final decision on the planning application for Cheadle Cemetery is set to be decided by SMDC.
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