Watermead crematorium row to be settled in High Court

Map showing proposed Watermead crematorium
Map showing proposed Watermead crematorium

The fate of a proposed crematorium in Watermead will be settled in court after the parish council won permission for a judicial review.

Aylesbury Vale District Council gave the plans a green light but Watermead Parish Council has battled to overturn the decision.

And the row will now be settled in court after a judge gave the council permission for a judicial review.

Sue Severn, chairman of the parish council, is ‘pleased’ with the decision and hopes ‘sense will prevail’.

She said: “We remain convinced that this proposal is the wrong development, in the wrong place.

“We do not believe that there is any need for two crematoria close to Aylesbury, let alone within 2.5 miles of one another.”

“The originally proposed crematorium at Bierton - for which planning permission has been given twice - is the logical and right choice, after extensive public consultation.

“Although the issues in the case are technical, they are vitally important and show that Watermead continues to be the wrong choice of site, quite apart from it being within a residential area in full view of homes and leisure land.”