Burial proposal for wooded site

Crawshaw Lodge, Hollow Meadows.

Crawshaw Lodge, Hollow Meadows.

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CONTROVERSIAL plans have been put forward by a farmer to build a mausoleum at a former Jewish cemetery on the Sheffield fringe of the Peak District.

Anthony Bevis has applied to the national park authority requesting planning permission for the development on land opposite Crawshaw Lodge, Hollow Meadows.

The plans involve a ‘double-berth earth sheltered mausoleum for the residents of Crawshaw Lodge, sited within a walled enclosure’.

The structure would be a cast concrete box, in an existing hollow, which would be covered in earth leaving only a stone entrance visible.

The mausoleum would be created at a disused cemetery in woodland next to Crawshaw Lodge, where there are four disused mausoleums, two of which are ruinous.

National park planners said the cemetery became disused after the mausoleums were desecrated in the early 1980s and remains were removed to a cemetery in Sheffield.

The authority said that because of the length of dereliction, the site is now considered to be woodland and needs permission for change of use for further burials.

Thirteen letters of objection have been submitted.

Opponents are concerned about loss of trees and wildlife habitats, a boundary wall demolished and say existing structures are of cultural importance.

A report to the national park’s planning committee states the burial ground is listed as an ‘at risk ancient monument’ by Jewish Heritage and that a listings application is currently being processed by English Heritage.

But planning officers recommend the scheme should be approved by the committee, which meets on January 13, because the work will have no impact on an adjacent site of special scientific interest, wildlife habitat or trees.

The report by national park planners said: “It would effectively be reinstating the recent former use but in a very low key way which would have no adverse impact.”