'NATURAL BURIAL' PLAN THROWN OUT; Residents Win in Their War against New Green Cemetery
Byline: By DAN KAY
PLANS for Merseyside's first natural burial ground to be built on green belt land in Wirral have been refused.
Proposals for the 14-acre site near Irby Mill, which would have included a large functions building, 12 toilets and three storerooms and car park facilities, were rejected by councillors in September 2005, but that decision was appealed by builders.
Natural burial is a growing movement, involving farmers, local authorities and wildlife charities to establish a more environmentally friendly option to conventional burials using commemorative trees instead of traditional grave sites.
Residents who opposed the developments were out in force for the appeal before a planning inspector at Wallasey town hall in November.
Now the planning inspectorate has turned down the proposals on the grounds that the proposed building would be an obvious intrusion and would significantly alter the nature of the meadow land, obscuring countryside views.
Jean Quinn, Liberal Democrat councillor for the Greasby Frankby and Irby ward, said: "The inspector was left in no doubt about the feelings of residents that the proposed building and associated car parking was an inappro-riate development in the green belt. …