Planning application submitted for proposed cemetery development

Planning application submitted for proposed cemetery development

A planning application for a new cemetery to help meet the burial space needs of the Lisburn City, Belfast and South Antrim areas, has been submitted. The proposed Loughview Park Cemetery is to be developed at a site on the Quarterland Road, near Dundrod village. Subject to planning approval, the cemetery development will involve an investment of almost £35million and is expected to sustain up to 345 construction jobs over the five phases of development as well as 6 jobs once fully operational.

Pre-Application Community Consultation for the cemetery proposal has included engagement with local residents, businesses, elected representatives, Ulster Grand Prix officials and funeral operators.

Richard Bowman, of Planning Consultancy Strategic Planning, said:

“This is a unique opportunity to supply much needed, high quality cemetery provision to serve the needs of people in the Lisburn City, Belfast and South Antrim areas. The picturesque site will provide a beautifully designed cemetery within a mature rural landscape setting.’’

“It is well known that there is a significant problem with burial provision affecting Lisburn, Belfast and Newtownabbey. We understand that the Blaris and Carnmoney cemeteries are almost at capacity and in Belfast the only long term capacity available is at Roselawn which does not suit the needs or wishes of many families who want their loved ones buried closer to where they grew up and where their families live. Families also want and rightly demand access to high quality and affordable cemetery provision.”

‘’A recent report commissioned by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council estimated the capital costs of sourcing new land and developing a Council owned and managed cemetery at £15 million. This private sector proposal at Dundrod therefore brings with it substantial savings for local ratepayers throughout the Lisburn and Castlereagh Council area.’’ In relation to public and community consultation Mr Bowman added:

“Given that the cemetery is going to be accessed off the Quarterland Road which is used by the Ulster Grand Prix (UGP) the cemetery, as a private development, will not operate on any race or practice days of the UGP.’’

“We want Loughview Park Cemetery to be valued by everyone who uses it and by the local community. Above all, we firmly believe it will become a place of natural beauty, tranquillity and reflection.”

 

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Loughview Park Cemetery

There is a shortage of burial space provision to service the needs of people living in the Lisburn, Belfast and South Antrim areas. It is well known that Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) and Belfast City Council have expressed concerns about the need for additional cemetery provision.

The cemetery development includes buildings for funeral ceremonies, catering, parking, landscaped walkways and garden areas for reflection and remembrance.

Subject to planning consent, construction of the development will directly support 345 construction job years. The full cost of the construction of the site is estimated to be £34.6m, split over the five phases of development. Following completion of all phases, there will be 6 full time employees at the site.

A significant and detailed process of pre-application community consultation has taken place this year prior to the submission of the planning application. If planning approval is obtained in 2016 the cemetery could be open for burials in 2018.

 

Cemetery operation and pricing

This will be a privately operated cemetery and it will have a competitive pricing structure.

 

Ulster Grand Prix

The Loughview Park Cemetery site is accessed off the Quarterland Road, which is part of the circuit used by the Ulster Grand Prix (UGP). The UGP typically requires road closures over three to four days in the third week of August every year.

The Cemetery developer has agreed that the cemetery will not operate during the days required each year to allow for the UGP to take place. It is proposed that this will also be incorporated into a ‘Service Management Plan’. This will also be part of the terms and conditions for people purchasing burial plots in the cemetery.

 

Professional Consultants & Advisers

Retained advisors working on the Loughview Park Cemetery planning application are PWC (Project Management); Strategic Planning (Planning Consultants); Corvus Consulting (Ecology); MRA Partnership (Roads Engineers); Park Hood (Landscape Design); White Young Green (Hydrogeology & Hydrology) & Gahan & Long (Archaeology).

The planning application will be under consideration by the Planning Division of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

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