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Pet crematorium plans approved for Christchurch farm

A PET crematorium approved for a Christchurch barn will help a farm generate extra cash amid a “downturn in income”.

The facility, which was given the green light by BCP Council, will provide a service for local vets and pet owners in part of a former dairy building at Bounds Farm in Parley Green Lane.

Bounds Farm on Parley Green Lane in Christchurch (picture: Google)
Bounds Farm on Parley Green Lane in Christchurch (picture: Google)

The barn, west of Parley Golf Course and near a seasonal camping field, would contain an incinerator, a chapel of rest, reception, staff room and offices, with parking for four vehicles.

The planning statement said: “Following the cessation of dairy farming some years ago, many of the buildings are now empty and unused.

“Parley Court Farm, like many other farms, has experienced a downturn in the income it is able to generate from traditional agricultural activity.”

Dampneys had said the proposed crematorium would not change the barn’s appearance and have little impact on the surrounding land.

Their planning statement continued: “The minimal increase in activity will be no different from the activity associated with an agricultural use and should be considered in the context of the activity generated by the adjacent golf club.”

Hirst Parish Council had objected to the plans.

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