CLOSE TO 400 bodies could be exhumed after a decision by Thurrock Council’s planning committee to support a plan to build fifteen homes on the site of a former chapel in South Ockendon.
The site on North Road is occupied by Essex Recovery but this could all change as the plans for one and two bedroom homes were approved.
Any exhumations would have to have the approval of the Ministry of Justice.
The agent representing the client, John Newton informed members that, where possible, families would be informed before any work began.
Despite councillors expressing concerns over road access and safety, the application was approved.