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NEPA kills funeral home application

Published:Friday | February 28, 2014 | 3:21 PM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has refused to grant permission for the construction of a funeral home at Lancewood, St Elizabeth because of the proximity to the homes of 21 residents.



According to information posted on NEPA’s website, the proposed development was considered an undesirable intrusion in a predominantly residential area and would affect the material characteristics of the area.



In addition, said NEPA in its February 18, 2014 decision, the proposed development, if permitted, would contravene the policies as outlined in the manual used as material consideration for developments of that nature.



“The Development and Investment Manual indentifies areas to site funeral parlours and goes further to state (that) if these developments are to be located in residential areas a letter of support from the residents should be submitted with the application,” NEPA said.



It added that a letter dated June 20, 2013 from the St. Elizabeth Parish Council advises that 21 residents “who are located in close proximity to the proposed development have objected to the proposed development given its proximity to their households and possible negative impacts on their properties and related natural resources.”



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