News Special Cemetery Update Issue
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Planning Appeals Commission
By now you will have received a letter giving notification of a Public
Local Inquiry into objections to the Draft Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan
2015. Included were two Questionnaires. These Forms may look alike but
you will notice that the issues raised relate to PUl and LN10. Both Forms
should be completed and returned. If you inspect the letter it states
that the Questionnaires should be returned to the Commission by 4.00 pm
on Friday 16 September 2006. We would emphasise to you the importance
of making your return. On the Questionnaire it states that if the form
is not returned by the closing date the Commission will assume that you
intend to rely on your original letter of objection.
We have received queries regarding the completion of the questionnaires
so set out below are our recommendations for completion.
Your name will already appear on the Questionnaire: Please fill in your
Then go to Name of Agent and enter:
Drumbeg Residents’ Association *********
Telephone number: *****
Will this person be representing you at the Inquiry - YES
On the second page stroke out Section 1 and 2 leaving: I/my agent will
make a further written submission and take part in the Inquiry.
Then sign and date the form.
You can then return the forms to the Planning Appeals Commission or leave
it to the Residents’ Association’s contact address at *****.
We will ensure that all forms are returned to the Planning Appeals Commission
in an "impact" presentation prior to the closing date. It is
critical that we maximise our return of questionnaires as outlined above.
If you have mislaid your questionnaires and wish to make a return please
contact any of the listed members who will arrange delivery of a properly
The Association/Action Committee objections will be headed by Dr Dale
Singleton at the Pre-Inquiry Meetings and at the Public Inquiry.
You will be aware from the last Newssheet that Belfast City Council had
appointed new Consultants to review the work of their previous appointees.
You may have read an article in Sunday News, on 20 August 2006, stating
that Belfast City Council's consultants had produced a report recommending
four sites for consideration as future cemetery provision. The sites are
Nutts Corner, Hightown, Drumbeg B and Lisleen. The Lisleen site is adjacent
to Roselawn Cemetery.
The critical local issue is that Belfast City Council has now identified
a site named Drumbeg B. The site is approx 90 hectares which is 50% greater
than the BMAP site.
This site is the land extending from the M1 motorway to the Quarterlands
Road (boundary from the corner at the Quarterlands development to just
below the Quarterlands Road/ Hillhall Road junction).
We consider the new Belfast City Council Consultants' recommendations
as an even greater threat to the wider Drumbeg community.
We first became aware of this report from the press article and were informed
that the matter was to be discussed at the Lisburn City Council Meeting
on Tuesday 22 August 2006. We understood that Belfast City Council had
written to Lisburn City Council seeking their views on the revised site
at Drumbeg. We had a small deputation at. the meeting. The Council unanimously
rejected the proposal including contributions from Alderman Jeffrey Donaldson
MP, Alderman Ivan Davis, Alderman Seamus Close and Councilor Patricia
Lewsley. The Council Officials were instructed to reply to Belfast City
Council advising them that Lisburn City Council remains opposed to any
proposal for the development of any cemetery in the Drumbeg Area.
The present factual position is: - Belfast City Council has asked BMAP
to zone approximately 60 hectares of land at Drumbeg for a cemetery. This
is the site which is subject to the Public Local Inquiry. It is our view
that Drumbeg B cannot be introduced into BMAP but could be the subject
of a separate planning application.
The whole area of Drumbeg is under threat from Belfast City Council's
proposals to establish a cemetery and crematorium in the Drumbeg area.
You will recall from our meeting in Drumbeg Parish Hall in April 2005
that we pointed out that Belfast City Council had identified the land
from the Drumbeg Road to the Ml motorway for development as a super cemetery.
That still seems to be one option which they may pursue. Consequently
a delegation from the Association/Action Committee attended a full Belfast
City Council meeting on 4 September 2006 to reinforce our objections.
This pressure will be maintained and sustained.
You will be kept informed of future developments and your continued support