Public meeting called over Langho burial site plan

Plans for the burial site to be sited opposite the Northcote Manor Hotel were rejected 10 years ago. Photo: Google
Plans for the burial site to be sited opposite the Northcote Manor Hotel were rejected 10 years ago. Photo: Google

Villagers will get their say over a proposed new burial site when the developers are put on the spot at a public meeting on Monday (July 20th).

The plan for a multi-faith, predominantly Muslim, burial site involves land at Langho opposite Northcote Manor Hotel.

Anyone who has questions to ask about the proposal is welcome to attend, and we are expecting a large turnout

Councillor Ged Mirfin

A similar plan submitted 10 years ago was rejected after villagers, councillors and the owners of Northcote strongly objected.

A public meeting has been called for 7pm on Monday at Billington and Langho Comunity Centre, and representatives of the Blackburn with Darwen Muslim Cemetery Trust will be there to explain the plans.

Councillor Ged Mirfin, a member of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s planning and development committee, said: “The applicants who are putting forward the proposal, and their consultants, will be making a presentation.

“At the last meeting of the Parish Council, it was decided to ask the applicants to make their presentation, and they have agreed to come and do that.

“The Parish Council is facilitating the meeting, and it will be chaired by the parish council chairman.

“Anyone who has questions to ask about the proposal is welcome to attend, and we are expecting a large turnout.”

The original 2005 plan was rejected following objections about increased traffic and unsuitability of local ground conditions.

The applicants’ representatives, Cemetery Development Services Ltd, have said the new plans are for a “natural” burial site, rather than the previous “woodland” burial proposal. The area would be grassed over, with wildflower areas, and there would be no headstones.