New Huddersfield cemetery plan to be decided

Plans to build a new cemetery to relieve pressure on burial grounds in Huddersfield are to be decided at a council meeting.

Kirklees Council says the new site, proposed at Hey Lane, is vital as all graves are currently expected to be full within two years.

Plans would include a car park, access roads, a Muslim burial area and an infant burial area.

The council's cabinet will decided on a planning application on Thursday.

The authority said the Hey Lane site was around nine acres, allowing for approximately 7500 burials.

There are currently 120 burials a year at Lockwood, Almondbury and Kirkheaton.

The council said this was predicted to rise to about 200 per year by 2012, because of increased death rates and religious preferences.

Councillor David Sheard, cabinet member for housing and investment, said: "This site was identified as the most suitable from the numerous site investigations we did, and it is becoming more urgent as we will run out of burial plots in two years if nothing is done."

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