Thousands of extra burial spaces planned for Croydon
The council is planning to create thousands of extra burial spaces outside the borough as Croydon's cemeteries reach capacity.
All three sites are nearing capacity with an estimated 12 months left before they are full.
The council plans to extend the Greenlawn site, with 22 acres of land becoming available for burials creating 5,000 extra spaces. It is expected this would last for at least 30 years.
About £1m has been set aside for the cemetery extension, which has two phases, with the budget including money for planning, design and build.
Tony Brooks, the council’s director of public safety, said after an extensive search no other suitable sites could be found within Croydon.
It meant the council had to turn to the Greenlawn site. It already owna the land but has to get planning permission to use it as burial space.
The council has gone through the pre-application stage with Tandridge and hope to get a decision within eight weeks.
Mr Brooks said the aim was to be on site by next year and that Warlingham residents will be allowed to use the site.
He said: "When I started on the borough four years ago it was highlighted we had an issue with burial land.
"We own the land in Warlingham and we own the land adjacent to it. Our approach was we would always like to extend it.
"We did an extensive search in Croydon to see if we could use land within the borough but there was nowhere suitable. We have a lot of green space in Croydon but it is basically parks.
"Greenlawn has also got a site set aside for Muslim burials and under the new plans we will be extending that site."
Mr Brooks added that having such a large amount of space for burials is important in case there is a pandemic and they need extra space.
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