PLANS to extend Grimethorpe Cemetery and add almost 500 more plots have been approved by the council.

The site on Cemetery Road will be expanded with a further 461 grave spaces that will be sandwiched between the site near Chestnut Street.

The planning report said: "Although the proposal will result in the cemetery being located closer to the garden boundaries with the dwellings along Chestnut Street, generally cemeteries have peaceful and tranquil environments and the use does not generate significant levels of activity or traffic.

"It is not therefore considered that the proposal will increase levels of noise and disturbance in the area to the extent that it would be detrimental to residential amenities of the occupiers of the Chestnut Street properties."