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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Reporter

A 'GRAVEYARD' garden is being recommended for approval by town hall planners.

The polished "gravestones" were installed in October by a firm of stonemasons at the garden in Tyne View Place in Dunston, Gateshead, and sparked complaints.

But after members of Gateshead Council's planning and development committee visited the site they are being advised to grant retrospective approval for the headstones after an application by householder Mark McGovern.

As the stones are concreted into the ground and are not moveable, planning permission is required.

One black granite stone lies flat to the ground and bears the inscription: 'The moon gazed on my midnight labours, while with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I perused nature to her hiding places.' Another ruby red obelisk is inscribed 'so everything is possible'.

And a polished salmon pink heart vase is inscribed with "believe in nothing" and another polished blue pearl granite wedge is engraved with the words "The graveyard garden."

Nine letters of objection have been received from locals, and planners said a summary of the concerns are that the stones are out of character, people are visiting the stones and invading privacy, the stones are offensive and they could have an effect on the saleability of property.

Six letters of support have been received, with comments that the stones are art and imaginative, are of high quality design and the garden is well maintained.

Planners say the key considerations to be taken into account are the impact the proposal will have on the character and appearance of the house and surrounding area, highway safety and the impact on the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.


Planners are recommending that the gravestones be allowed to stay in this garden on Tyneside - despite some objections from neighbours
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2014
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