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.