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Pinchbeck Parish Council submits planning application for new cemetery and recreation area

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A growing village could soon have a new cemetery if planners agree.

Pinchbeck Parish Council is looking to create new burial plots and a recreation area on land in Blue Gowt Lane.

Councillors say that the village’s current cemetery is close to capacity for burials but hope that the new seven acre site will meet Pinchbeck’s needs for the next 150 years.

Blue Gowt Lane in Pinchbeck (43484048)
Blue Gowt Lane in Pinchbeck (43484048)

Members have applied to South Holland District Council for a cemetery, storage building and parking, along with using the land as an informal recreation area.

Coun James Avery said: “Pinchbeck as a village is increasing in size, and this increase will see a rapid acceleration once the housing developments in the Vernatts area start to take shape. So, to me, it’s only appropriate that we plan ahead to ensure we have sufficient burial capacity

“We’ve been discussing this piece of land for at least the last three years, during which time our plans have been coming together.

“Given the planned housing developments between Spalding and Pinchbeck, it was important for us, as a parish council, not only to provide long term burial space, but also to protect the identity of Pinchbeck and preserve at least a corridor that separates Pinchbeck from Spalding.

“Lastly, although we welcome dog walkers on the field whilst in development, there are a small number that do not pick up. We would politely ask all dog users to please pick up their waste, and to make it easier, there is a dog poo bag dispenser opposite the Market Way field entrance, and a waste bin.”

A total of three acres have been earmarked to act as a cemetery while the remaining four acres will be green space.

Coun Avery said the current plans for the recreation area will be for the planting of trees.

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