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LACK OF CONFIDENTIALITY IN GARDEN BURIAL APPLICATION

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A woman who applied to bury two people in her back garden has been granted a certificate of lawfulness by Harrogate...
A woman who applied to bury two people in her back garden has been granted a certificate of lawfulness by Harrogate BC, reports the Yorkshire Post (p7).

Herlinde Elias was researching on where burials could take place without planning consent, and has 'no intention of burying anyone' in her garden.

However, her planning application attracted newspaper publicity. She is deeply disturbed by the lack of confidentiality in such sensitive applications. She was also concerned by the time delay involved.

The head of planning for Harrogate, Colin Brown, has allayed fears that such an application can take seven weeks to process, whilst a body must be buried within 14 days.

'A certificate of lawfulness is not a planning application. So in the case of a sudden death my advice would be to go ahead with the burial and then legalise it later,' he said.
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