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Cemetery at Aldridge Road, Walsall

Volume 566: debated on Monday 15 July 2013

The Petition of Residents Against Cemetery,

Declares that the Petitioners are against the granting of planning for a cemetery at Aldridge Road, Walsall.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all possible steps to encourage Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to consider the objections of local residents.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Valerie Vaz, Official Report, 26 March 2013; Vol. 560, c. 1604 .]


Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government:

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council is responsible for day-to-day planning control in their area and the Secretary of State cannot comment on the merits or otherwise of any planning application.

Planning applications are determined in accordance with the development plan for the area unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The local planning authority must consider all the representations made within the consultation period, and take into account any relevant considerations that they raise. However, the weight to be given to representations on a particular issue is a matter of judgment for the local authority as the decision-taker in the first instance.