Reservation of space in churchyards

Summary of legal position on reservation of burial plots in churchyards

Petitions for the reservation of grave space in an almost-full churchyard are becoming more common as throughout England and Wales the effects of the (long anticipated) availability of new burial plots decreases. We considered this issue last year following the judgment in Re St. Wilfrid Grappenhall [2015] Chester Const Ct, David Turner Ch. which approved the adoption of a “non-reservation” policy by a PCC well in advance of the situation becoming critical. Continue reading