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Nottinghamshire’s first barrow cemetery could open in Calverton next year despite opposition

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The East Midlands’ first barrow site is set to open next year in Calverton following a recent planning application submitted by a funeral service company.

The proposal, put forward by A.W. Lymn, is on the verge of incorporating one closed and two open barrows on the 27-acres cemetery site – said to be the first in the region.

This marks the third application following the successful approval of two previous planning permissions by Gedling Borough Council. The site, situated on greenbelt land off George’s Lane in Calverton, remains the focus of these ongoing efforts.

In collaboration with Sacred Stones, the sole business specialising in barrow design and construction worldwide, the project offers niches specifically designed to accommodate cremation urns and serve as a tranquil and comforting final resting place.

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According to Sacred Stones’ website, barrow cemeteries represent a longstanding funeral tradition in Britain, dating back to ancient times.

Pete Clarson, AW Lymn commercial director, said: “The cemeteries are scheduled to open this year, but the idea of ​​adopting these barrows has slowed our schedule a bit.

“Given that the opportunity to apply for these barrows has arisen, we’ve had to think how and where to put them in the site.

“We as a company don’t want to rush it, we want to do it right and do it right the first time.

“We are trying to discharge the planning conditions so we can commence work and we hope that we will be able to start by the end of the year. Hopefully the cemetery will be open to the public next year.”

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Calverton Parish Council objected to the application due to concerns about the entrance being moved near a blind sharp bend on a “very dangerous” stretch of road. They also questioned the intentions behind the project, claiming that another cemetery would be opening soon.

Andy Meads, councillor for Calverton and Parish Council chairman, said: “Calverton residents will have to suffer yet again from another Gedling Borough Council planning decision.

“It is assumed that this new cemetery will not actually serve Calverton at all, especially as our new cemetery will be open relatively soon.

“This just seems to be another example of the highways department being soft on planning applications that have a negative impact on our village, that Gedling then just seems to wave through without challenge, whilst at the same time rejecting Calverton parish council’s genuine concerns.”

In response, Mr Clarson said A.W. Lymn has adjusted the design for the entrance in their second application and had no idea about the other cemetery.

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He added: “We agree that the first application didn’t provide the greatest of access to the site. However, in the second one, we managed to improve the situation.

“We have moved the entrance, bought some more land and that means we can get it off a relatively straight stretch of road.

“There will be a better access position, we believe it has got good visibility and a straight line in both directions from the access road.

“We have no news of another cemetery, but I suspect that it has been licensed after ours.”

Mr Clarson also hopes people will have a more positive view after seeing what the new site has to offer to the community.

He added: “We hope to enhance and bring good use to the site, which is currently in an unused state.

“Our objective is to create a well-maintained, sort of highly regarded site so that this aspect quickly becomes people’s place of choice if they’re looking for a cemetery.

“We hope that local residents will see it as a positive sign to this lovely site.”

If successfully implemented, this is the first barrow cemetery the Lymn Rose family business will have owned.

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