Any guesses what this will do to the number of objections raised for any planned new cemeteries?
I can understand zoning and externality worries about effects on those who still frequent the cemetery. I also think we should pay some heed to the wishes of the dead, at least to the extent that they paid for certain things to be done prior to their death. It would be a breach of contract for the Memorial Garden to pave over his grave. But I'm pretty sure that Allen didn't purchase an easement over all the neighbouring properties when he bought his plot.
HT: John, who will remain semi-anonymous, because he also told me that while Allen was a "damn good coach in the 1960s", he wasn't ever a great All Black. He also tells me that the ruling suggests "no one could build within 100 miles of Colin Meads' resting place." I am completely agnostic as to the relative merits of historic, current, or future All Blacks.