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Mayo farmer wins right to build himself a burial plot on his land

The farmer has no next of kin and would like to always remain on his land.
Jun 22nd 2015, 3:37 PM 22,857 28

A SINGLE FARMER in Swinford, Co Mayo, has won an appeal which will allow him to build a private burial plot for himself on his land.

Mayo County Council had refused Martin Neary’s planning permission but he won his appeal to An Bord Pleanála and will now be permitted to construct the plot for use when he passes away.

The Mayo farmer intends for the land to be a private burial place for himself only, as he has no next of kin. He wants to erect a simple headstone with the names of deceased family members next to the proposed grave.

It is his intention that the lands will never be sold or redeveloped and no grazing will occur on the site.

In its decision, the planning board said it was allowing the construction of the plot due to the nature and limited scale of the development.  It also found the planned plot would be a sufficient distance from dwellings, wells and the water supply infrastructure.

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Western People reports Neary’s success is just one of two appeals granted by the board for this type of development in the last decade.

An Bord Pleanála said the plot would not set a precedent for further similar development.

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