New woodland burial park in Hainford, near Norwich, given the go-ahead
12:29 16 August 2012
Norfolk is to get a second woodland burial park, despite opposition from people living in the village where it’s set to be built.
Broadland District Council’s planning committee today approved the site to serve the wider Norfolk area in Hainford, north of Norwich.
Dozens of people from the village packed into the meeting and a spokesman for Hainford Parish Council said there was no need for the park, which will be built on seven hectares of agricultural land at Old Church Road.
The council collected 270 signatures on a petition opposed to the application, and a spokesman warned that it would lead to an increase in traffic and noise in the village.
But Broadland councillors voted by 11 to 4 to approve the application, and councillor Ian Graham said: “This will be a good facility for people living to the north of Norwich and for those in the Broadland district. I don’t see that traffic will be an issue, and I think it’s a development that won’t be noticed in a few years’ time. There is a need for this north of the city because people want it.”
His fellow district councillor Ken Leggett added: “It will be much nearer for people north of the city to get to than Colney woodland burial park, which is to the south of the city.”
Farmer Andrew Morton, who owns the site, said after the meeting that he wants the new Norfolk Woodland Burial Park to be up and running within 18 months.
He told the meeting that the plans would only mean about 42 cars visiting the site four times a week.
A spokesman for Hainford council said it would now discuss the best way forward.