CDS have an outstanding record in achieving a successful planning outcome, having undertaken all the components of the planning process on over 40 cemetery extensions/new cemetery planning applications across the UK and into the development phase.

Any new cemetery or extension to an existing cemetery requires planning approval and many levels of assessment to support an application.  The level and degree of studies will be dependent, in part, on the sensitivity of the site (e.g. green belt or areas of significant environmental or historic value).

CDS has many years’ experience in cemetery design, planning and delivery and can provide a full planning application service that comprehensively covers all of the elements required for the development of a cemetery. In most cases, CDS starts with a pre-application meeting or report with planners. From this, a detailed and costed framework for the required studies is provided. This ensures the development is managed meticulously and cost efficiently from start to finish.

Listed below is a schedule of studies, reports and assessments that are typically required for a cemetery extension or new cemetery site.  Working with CDS you can rest assured that CDS will cover every element required by the planning regulations.

Environmental Reports

  • Groundwater Risk Assessment
  • Contamination Risk Assessment
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • SUDs policy and design
  • Attenuation pond and reed bed design
  • Tree Surveys
  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

Policy Documents

  • Archaeology Heritage Statement
  • Geophysical surveys
  • Highways Consultation
  • Transport Assessment
  • Traffic Surveys
  • Planning Policy Statement
  • Needs Policy Statement
  • Sustainability Statement
  • Design and Access Statement
  • Public Rights of Access Statement
  • Public Consultation


  • Landscape Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)
  • General Layout Plan
  • Soft and hard landscape design
  • Building details
  • Detailed Drainage Plan
  • Burial Layout Plan
  • Site Topographical Survey
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