CEMETERY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Cemetery Design and Development

Groundwater Risk Assessments

Environmental Risk Assessments for proposed and existing cemetery sites across the UK

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Background and Guidance

The development of new cemeteries or extensions to existing cemeteries have the potential to pose a contamination risk to sensitive groundwater and surface water features. Cemetery sites  are therefore subject to the requirement to provide a detailed groundwater risk assessment as part of the planning process.

The Environment Agency are a statutory consultee and are therefore the main regulatory body in the UK in regard to cemetery developments. Early correspondence and engagement is recommended to ensure that the proposed site is fit for purpose and to assess whether the site will require an Environmental permit to operate. The current Government Guidelines supporting the development of cemeteries, the protection of groundwater bodies and environmental permit requirements can be accessed using the links below:

Groundwater protection technical guidance

Protecting groundwater from human burials

Groundwater risk assessment for your environmental permit  

Groundwater Risk Assessments

JPP have a wide range of in-house experts experienced in undertaking detailed and complex groundwater risk assessments for cemetery developments to support planning applications as well as managing correspondence with the Environment Agency for pre-application advice and submission of Environmental Permit applications.

Groundwater Risk Assessments can be broken down into three tiers (1, 2 and 3), with the required ‘tiered’ report based on a number of site-specific factors including burial rate, life span of the site, geological and hydrogeological conditions and proximity to sensitive receptors.

In addition to undertaking groundwater risk assessments, JPP can also assist in undertaking the following planning and design work to support proposed cemetery developments :

Surveying

Ground Investigation

Development Planning and Design

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