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Kirklees planners consider Hey Lane cemetery plans

Plans for a new cemetery in West Yorkshire to help relieve pressure on other burial grounds could get the go-ahead from planners later this week.

The new cemetery would be located at Hey Lane near Berry Brow, Kirklees.

Councillors approved the plans last year after being told that all of the district's cemeteries would be full within two years.

Some councillors and residents had objected due to traffic fears and its proximity to the Castle Hill landmark.

'Rural setting'

The Hey Lane site is about nine acres, allowing for approximately 7,500 burials.

About 120 burials a year take place at the Lockwood, Almondbury and Kirkheaton cemeteries.

Kirklees Council said the planned site "acknowledges its rural setting" and the cemetery's impact on its surroundings would be "minimised".

Council leader Mehboob Khan said the council had a duty to provide burial spaces and the new site was well away from residential and business developments.

Members of Kirklees Council's Huddersfield Area Planning Sub-committee will consider the plans at a meeting on Thursday.

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