Applied: The development application is for a community parish and lawn cemetery at 20-22 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, next door to St Madeleine’s Primary School.

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta has applied to build a place of worship and cemetery on Annangrove Road in Kenthurst.

Plans submitted to construct Kenthurst Parish at 20-22 Annangrove Road request permission to demolishthe existing structure, next door to St Madeleine’s Primary School.

The proposal is to build the Parish Church and a lawn cemetery.

The Diocese issued a press release saying the lawn cemetery was needed as it “will help contribute to the construction costs and debt repayments related to the building of the new church.”

They said the development of a parishhad been “the passion of the community for the past 30 years.”

Some parents and Kenthurstresidentshave voiced concern about the cemetery’sproximity to the two schools.

Parent Leesa Scaverasaid in a submission to council’s online development portal thatthe road was too congested to allow for further development.

“I am concerned about the lack of parking at the school already,” Ms Scavera wrote.

“There are many students who have to park out on Annangrove Road as [the] car park is not big enough. This causes more confusion and addedtraffic trying to enter and exit the school.”

It is understood some parents are concerned about the psychological impact of a cemetery in sight of the school.

“We are all hoping council will protect the interests of the community, the neighbouring residents, the 1600 children onsite,”Felicity Power said in another submission, adding the proposal posed a risk to pedestrian safety and showed“blatant disregard” for student welfare.”

The Diocese of Parramatta spokesman said consultants had been hired to assist in ensuring the cemetery was“appropriately enclosed from public view with external and boundary landscaping which totally encloses the site.”

“The parish is absolutely sympathetic to the concerns of local residents and will work with them on any reasonable points of view they might have,” the statement read.

Adjoining and close neighbours have been invitedto meet with the members of the parish committee regarding their concerns.

“The parish maintains its willingness to continue working with council, residents and parents to address their concerns,” the spokesman added.

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