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Purchasing a Grave or a Cremated Remains Burial Plot - Exclusive Right of Burial

Purchasing the Exclusive Right of Burial to a Burial Plot

On purchasing a Right of Burial you become the Holder of the Exclusive Right of Burial (EROB) to a Cremated Remains Plot or Grave space within your chosen area of the cemetery.  It is important to note you are not the owner of the land as this remains in the ownership of the Council.

When purchased, you will be issued with a Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial; this must be kept in a safe place as it will be required to be produced as proof of Ownership with all prospective Burials and Memorial applications.  All Exclusive Right of Burial Deed of Grants are currently issued for a period of 99 years.

Provided that you do not Transfer / Assign the Exclusive Rights to another person, and the period stated on the Deed of Grant has not expired, all Holders have the right:

  • to be buried in a designated grave if space is available (includes cremated remains)
  • authorise further burials in the grave where space is available (includes cremated remains)
  • apply for a permit to place an inscribed Memorial on the grave or give permission for an additional inscription to be added

The Grant of Exclusive Right of Burial does not specify the number of burials that can be accommodated within the Burial Plot; this will be dependent upon the depth of the first interment, the size of the coffin / caskets interred in the Burial Plot and the ground conditions at the time of excavation.  We are pleased to advise on utilisation within a Burial Plot and endeavour to accommodate your requests, but at time of burial alternative arrangements may be required.

The Deed will remain with the Holder(s) until such a time as the death of the last surviving Holder; the Exclusive Rights will then need to be Transferred to the entitled claimant.  Please refer to the Transfer or Assignment of Exclusive Right of Burial page for further information.

If you wish to pre-purchase a Grave or Cremated Remains Burial Plot, more information can be found on the Purchasing an Exclusive Right of Burial page.  The Council may be able to buy back unwanted, unused burial plots and issue applicants with a refund for the remaining years of ownership.  Please visit the Surrender a Burial Plot with an Exclusive Right of Burial section for more information. 

If you have any enquiries with purchasing a Grave or Cremated Remains Burial Plot, please contact the Cemeteries Office for further information.  Or alternatively call 01572 722577.

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