Burial Space Strategy

Closed 5 Jan 2014

Opened 14 Oct 2013

Feedback updated 14 Feb 2014

We asked

We asked for your views and comments on the proposals in the Burial Space Strategy to meet future burial space needs in the city.

You said

301 responses were received with the majority supporting the proposals to develop a new cemetery (91%), use non-burial cemetery space for new graves (78.7%), introduce natural burial space (69.8%) and introduce flexible Rights of Burial (78.4%). However concerns were raised about deeper graves, reuse of graves, short term leases and having too many burial options to choose from.

We did

We have amended our draft proposals in order to reflect the views and comments received through the consultation.

Results updated 14 Feb 2014



The subject of burials is highly emotional and sensitive. The cemetery and burial plot is an important space for families and friends to visit and to commemorate their loved one.

While we are mindful of this, it means we need to find solutions to allow further burials in the city in the future and to implement a plan to prevent a shortage of burial space developing.

Leicester City Council is developing a strategy to address this problem and is aiming to provide long term solutions to the decreasing availability of burial space, and increasing costs of burial in the city. We would like to hear your views.

Why your views matter

We would value feedback on our proposals to:

  1. Extend the operational life of existing cemeteries
  2. Provide new cemetery space in the city
  3. Introduce a new Rights of Burial and fee structures for graves
  4. Reuse grave plots with unused grave space


Who are we asking?

Current and future users of bereavement services and cemeteries in Leicester, faith communities and those involved in the provision of funeral services.

How are we doing this?

Online questionnaire on this website. Paper based questionnaires available from city council cemeteries, customer service centres and libraries. Focus group meetings.

What happens next

Responses to the consultation will be analysed carefully to ensure that decisions are informed by public concerns and aspirations.

The results of the consultation and feedback on how public input influenced decisions will be published here in due course.


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