TEP has secured planning permission for an extension to Epsom Cemetery in Surrey. As the cemetery was reaching maximum capacity, the addition of 1,615 burial spaces is welcomed by the community of Epsom. TEP’s planning and design teams have led the project, producing and managing both the planning application, landscape strategy and design of the extension site, as well as preparing a number of supporting technical assessments including the Landscape and Visual Assessment. TEP was supported by Campbell Reith and the Environmental Protection Group (EPG) who provided expertise on highways and flood risk respectively.
The cemetery, owned and managed by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, lies within the Green Belt requiring TEP to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the proposed expansion against national Green Belt policy.
TEP’s design team worked to ensure that the layout, scale and appearance of the cemetery extension was designed to recreate the appearance of the existing cemetery, ensuring continuity whilst maximising burial space. To ensure a high quality landscape and minimise visual effects on nearby residential properties and recreation facilities, detailed proposals for new boundary walls, entrance gateway features and tree and hedgerow planting were submitted with the application.
Juan Murray, Principal Planning consultant at TEP, said ‘It was a pleasure working with everyone at Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, the whole project team worked together to make the planning of this important community asset a streamlined, efficient process from start to finish’.
Now that planning permission has been secured, TEP is preparing the tender drawings and documents, with a view to starting on site in the spring.