CHILDREN using a playground would have been confronted by hearses if a “bizarre” planning bid had been approved.
Howwever, plans for a graveyard that would have seen funeral processions pass a play area have been rejected.
The William Crompton Estate Charity applied to convert 0.2 hectares of agricultural land close to Compton Close, Higher Kinnerton, into a graveyard.
But the plans were rejected by Flintshire Council’s planning and development control committee by 12 votes to six.
Proposals were met with hostility by members of the planning committee, including Cllr Carolyn Thomas.
She said: “This is not acceptable for young people. This area was designated as a location for young people. I am totally against the proposal.”
Cllr Alison Halford described the proposal as “bizarre”.
“This is a very odd proposal, the road is crowded and is an uphill walk anyway,” she said.
“I have sought assurances from highways officers that only a hearse will be driving up the path.
“This is a bizarre decision that we are asked to make. Young children should not be confronted by a hearse.
“There could be a better place in Higher Kinnerton.”
Cllr Christine Jones said: “This is the most inappropriate site for a graveyard I’ve ever seen.
“I can’t believe it could go next to a play area. It’s unbelievable.
“As lead member for children, I object to this on health and safety grounds alone.
“There must be another site in Kinnerton.”
Planning permission for a similar scheme was granted in August 2008, but without vehicle access.
According to submitted documents attached to the latest planning application, hearses accessing the graveyard would have used the same path as children going to the nearby play area.
The planned access, which had been earmarked for use only by a hearse and maintenance vehicles, would run alongside the play area.