London Plan & burial space

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3826
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Section 3D.19 of the London Plan relating to burial space states:

"DPD policies should ensure that provision is made for London's burial needs, including the special needs of certain religious or cultural groups for whom burial is the only option. Provision should be based on the principle of proximity to local communities" and….. "The Mayor will promote the policies for sustainable cemeteries published by London Planning Advisory Committee (LPAC) in 1997"

What has the Mayor done during his tenure in office to achieve this?

Answer

Answer for London Plan & burial space

Answer for London Plan & burial space

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Policy 7.23 of the London Plan sets out my approach to burial provision. I have no powers for burial provision, there are powers on re-use available to boroughs. I commissioned the 2011 study to provide a more up to date picture on provision. Working with the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management I have raised the issue of burial provision with the boroughs via the Association of London Borough Planning Officers.