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Pet Cemetery proposed for Welham Green

Report by Bob Horrocks, North Mymms District Green Belt Society

Plans have been lodged with Welwyn Hatfield Council for the setting up of a pet cemetery in Welham Green.

The application was submitted by Agriprop Ltd regarding Charcoal Meadows, Dixons Hill Close, North Mymms for a change of use from agricultural to a pet cemetery.

The Government's planning Guidance PPG2 (Green Belts) says that new buildings are not permitted inside the green belt except for essential facilities such as outdoor sports, and cemeteries and other uses of land which preserve the openness of the Green Belt and which do not conflict with the purposes of including land in it.

It is understood the proposal would cover about one acre of land. It is down a cul-de-sac off Dixons Hill Road, on the right as you leave Welham Green and before the bridge over the A1(M).

18 months ago a Jewish sect lost an appeal against refusal of a cemetery near Arkley on a 50-acre site. Barnet Council said it did not preserve the openness of the Green Belt, and the appeal was lost on the same grounds.

It is not yet clear how visible this pet cemetery proposal would be from the A1(M) or Tollgate Road, and the plans have not yet been seen by the North Mymms District Green Belt Society, however it is a permitted use, and one acre is not in the same league as 50 acres. The site is believed to be next to the existing kennels and cattery.

It should be noted that the proposal is a cemetery, not a crematorium which is not a permitted use of Green Belt land.

Speaking personally, I can see a big demand in this area for this facility, and a bid to expand before long.

A resident of Dixons Hill Close has contacted the North Mymms District Green Belt Society expressing concern about the increased traffic in this 30-property cul-de-sac, potential future expansion, and what might replace the proposed temporary buildings.

Report by Bob Horrocks, North Mymms District Green Belt Society

June 21, 2000

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