TWO new burial sites could be developed in north Kirklees.

Kirklees Cabinet will next week consider plans to develop two burial sites at Batley and Heckmondwike cemeteries.

It will cost the council £80,000 to improve infrastructure at the two cemeteries and it will recoup £1.2m once the burial sites have been bought for £1,600 each.

A report, to be presented to Cabinet members, says: “Whilst there is sufficient burial space available within the north Kirklees cemeteries for the next 20-plus years, there is a need to continue to build and develop the necessary infrastructure so that new burial areas can be brought into use before the existing areas become full.”

The council secured planning approval for land in Batley Cemetery to be used for burials as the section now being used will be full within six months.

The cemetery will require new drives and associated drainage work which will cost £40,000.

It will provide around 300 more burial spaces, which Kirklees Bereavement Service expects will last six or seven years, generating income of £480,000.

At Heckmondwike Cemetery new pathways and a drive would need to be created in a new area that will provide 450 more spaces over the next 10-15 years, generating income of £720,000.

Funding of £480,000 was agreed last July for council-wide bereavement services.