Local Government News: Crematorium change of use and the Green Belt

19 Feb 2021

Planning and Environment

By Jonathan Clay | 19 February 2021

A crematorium change of use in the Green Belt was recently found by a planning inspector not to be inappropriate development.

The Secretary of State’s inspector, Rachael Pipkin, has granted planning permission on appeal for a crematorium extension to an existing cemetery chapel in the Green Belt in Sevenoaks District [1], Kent.

The appellant successfully argued that the development was not inappropriate development as an extension to an existing building that was not a disproportionate addition over and above the size of the original existing chapel. This brought it within the exception in 145(c) of the Framework.

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