Bierton Crematorium

Work starts on new Bierton Crematorium, Aylesbury - update 8 November 2017

The Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee (CCJC) is pleased to announce it is starting work on 20 November building the new crematorium at Bierton, near Aylesbury in Bucks. The crematorium is expected to open in November 2018.

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The CCJC was originally granted planning permission in October 2014. This was quashed following a High Court challenge by the Westerleigh Group that has since built a crematorium on a site in Watermead, Aylesbury. The Westerleigh crematorium currently has no planning permission of its own due to a successful High Court challenge brought by Watermead Parish Council.

The Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee regained its planning permission for the Bierton site in October 2015 but was subjected to a further challenge by the Westerleigh Group; that legal action has been subsequently dropped.

A further, essential, delay was due to the need to carefully move the protected great crested newts that were breeding near the site to a safe place during construction. The new crematorium site will provide an enhanced habitat for the great crested newts to return to and it will also have beautiful parkland grounds which local residents can enjoy.

Local residents also made it very clear that they were concerned about the local roads and the impact a new public facility would have on them. The decision was made to stop up the highway between Rowsham Road and Cane End Lane to ensure that traffic travelling to the new crematorium doesn't come into conflict with local road users including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Now this has been completed, construction work can start on the site.

Cllr Michael Smith, Chairman of the CCJC stated "Despite the delays the CCJC has remained committed to delivering the new facility which we will be calling the Bierton Crematorium. We already provide a very good and well regarded service to residents at the Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham and are looking forward to using these skills and experience to provide services at Bierton.  We will be working closely with the local residents during the construction on site."

Background information

The CCJC is made up of three local authorities - Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils. It runs the well-established Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham. http://www.chilternscrematorium.co.uk/

The design of the crematorium

The designers of the new crematorium are the architectural firm Haverstock. Visit their website for more details:  http://haverstock.com/project/aylesbury-crematorium/

 


Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee

The Aylesbury Crematorium Project - Update
 

Published September 2017

Permission was first granted to the Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee (CCJC) to build a crematorium at a site off Cane End Lane near Bierton in October 2014. Subsequently an application was made for a judicial review of this decision by the Westerleigh Group Ltd (which is building a crematorium at Watermead).  This was successful and the permission was quashed.

The CCJC re-submitted its application and planning permission was regained in October 2015. Westerleigh again applied for a judicial review of the decision, firstly to the High Court and then, when this was twice refused, to the Court of Appeal.  Unfortunately the time between submission and consideration of an application for a judicial review can be several months and the CCJC was unable to progress its project until the outcome was known, but in November 2016 when the Court of Appeal refused Westerleigh permission to judicially review the current planning consent this process was finally brought to an end. 

Whilst the project was in abeyance awaiting the outcome of the legal challenge Buckinghamshire County Council carried out its statutory consultation on the blocking of access to Cane End Lane from Rowsham Road. The outcome of this consultation was approval for the blocking up and since the further attempt to challenge the planning consent ended this has now been implemented.  In addition the overhead electricity cables across the site have been diverted underground and also special fencing erected and trapping carried out to remove any greater crested newts (an EU protected species) in preparation for construction to begin.

An increased project budget was agreed during summer 2017 by Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils, the three constituent authorities of the CCJC, to make up a shortfall resulting largely from the planning delay since permission was first granted in October 2014 as well as additional costs incurred in resolving the challenges to the planning. A procurement process has been undertaken to appoint a building contractor and work is expected to start on site in early October 2017and take about a year to complete.
 



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New Aylesbury Crematorium gets permission
 

Published October 2015

The Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee (CCJC), which operate the crematorium at Amersham, has been granted permission to build a new crematorium at Bierton in Buckinghamshire.

The CCJC resubmitted its planning application to the Aylesbury Vale District Council Strategic Development Management Committee yesterday (14 October) after the original planning permission granted in July 2014 was quashed in March 2015 due to the judicial review instigated by the Westerleigh Group which has permission to build a crematorium on a site at Watermead, Aylesbury.

Work is expected to start in the spring once the great crested newts which are breeding near the site are moved for their protection during construction. The completed scheme will provide enhanced habitat for the great crested newts on site. A licence will now be applied for from Natural England to enable the works to proceed.

In relation to the work on the local roads, particularly stopping up the highway between Rowsham Road and Cane End Lane, Buckinghamshire County Council completed a Traffic Regulation Order public consultation in September. The results of this are due soon.