Cemetery Consultation

Closed 1 Mar 2012

Opened 14 Nov 2011



A further drop-in session at Spotland Library will be held on Friday 27 January 2012 between 10.00am and 1.00pm. All are welcome to come along to meet the project team, find out more and have your say.

The meeting notes from Spotland Methodist Church meeting held on 13 December 2011 are available to view below


Following requests to see the restrictive covenant for Denehurst Park we have now made this available to view here on this web-page.  Feedback forms and copies of the covenant are also available at Spotland Library.  Reports to the local Township Committees will now be made in March 2012 to allow more of the feedback to be reported.


We currently have one operational cemetery in each of the Townships at Heywood, Rochdale, Pennines and Middleton.We have already extended two of our cemeteries at Heywood and Dearnley to meet local demand and will complete a third later this year at Middleton Cemetery.

However, Rochdale cemetery cannot be extended further and new grave space on the various plots in the cemetery will begin to run out in Rochdale cemetery from 2012. Therefore, we are looking to establish a suitable new site in or near to the Rochdale Township. 

Having initially considered over 60 sites and listened to the feedback from previous consultations we have now selected a part of Denehurst Park in Spotland as our preferred option for the site. We believe that this site is the most appropriate of all the options we have looked at because it is not on green belt and the land is already owned by the council. It is also well served by transport links and close to our current Rochdale cemetery.

The development of any new site would take into account the existing environmental conditions and would be sympathetic to how it needs to fit with the local area. The development would for instance seek to protect existing trees and wildlife and include for new tree planting and environmental improvements to enhance the attractiveness of the area.  We are looking to build a neat, modern cemetery and the erection of memorials within the new cemetery will be limited in height to 1200mm.

Consideration will be given to a single storey building to accommodate toilets, provide storage for equipment and also a place to hold funeral services under cover. Adequate parking provision within the site will also be included. The cemetery will include woodland areas and gardens, which can be used by all members of the community. It would be open from 9am until dusk each day, with services being carried out during the daytime. The initial demand on the new cemetery is estimated to be around 3 funerals per week and it is expected to provide us 20 years worth of burial space.

You can find full details of the proposal below in the related documents section.


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