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Report backs plan to convert farm building into 500 vault mausoleum at Muckley Corner

A report has backed plans to convert a farm building into a mausoleum.

Lichfield District Council is due to decide on whether or not the scheme at Sprinhill Farm near Muckley Corner can go ahead at a meeting on November 13.

The site would act as an “above ground burial vault” according to the developers.

Both Hammerwich Parish Council and Wall Parish Council have raised objections to the proposals on grounds including the site being an “inappropriate development in the green belt”.

But a report by a planning officer has recommended councillors give the scheme – which would see the creation of 500 vaults – the green light.

“The building is considered to be permanent and of a substantial construction, and as such the conversion of the building is deemed appropriate development within the Green Belt,” the report said. “While the existing building is not of a traditional style and appearance, the plans retain this simple appearance.

“Therefore due to the minimal level of proposed works to the fabric of the building it is considered that the proposal would retain the agrarian character of the building and consequently would not harm the rural character of the area.

“Individually and cumulatively, when taken as part of the wider extant cemetery development it is considered that there would be no additional harm to the openness of the Green Belt as a result of the proposals.”

The report also urged councillors not to make their decision based on the “unusual” plans for the building.

“It is not for the planning committee to decide on the viability of the use proposed,” the report added.

“While the use is indeed unusual it is for the applicant and any developer to make a judgement on the economic viability.”

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