PLANS to extend a cemetery where a famous author is buried for close to 1,500 new plots could be ‘harmful’ to a Roman site.

Buckinghamshire Council is planning to extend the existing cemetery at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Great Missenden, into a field used for grazing next door.

British novelist and children’s author Roald Dahl is buried in the cemetery at St Peter and St Paul.

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He died on November 23, 1990, at 74 from a rare cancer of the blood called myelodysplastic syndrome.

He lived at Gipsy House on Whitefield Lane in Great Missenden for 36 years until his death.

Dahl wrote classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, and George’s Marvellous Medicine.

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Plots for 480 full burials and 960 cremated remains would be provided.

A new access would be constructed, as would four new parking spaces (two disabled).

The land is owned by Bucks Council and is north of the Grade II Listed church.

“The existing hedging and post-and-rail fencing would be retained, and a wildflower meadow would be planted for the unused areas,” a planning statement reads.

But an archaeology officer said the field is close to a medieval site and where Roman pottery had also been found, and that unless a condition for “appropriate investigation, recording, publication and archiving” was included in the plans, harm could come to the archaeological site.

“We conclude that the proposal may affect a heritage asset of archaeological interest because the proposed site is in the vicinity of a medieval ring work and medieval and Roman pottery have been recorded,” said the archaeology officer.

“If planning permission is granted for this development, then it may harm a heritage asset’s significance so a condition should be applied to require the developer to secure appropriate investigation, recording, publication and archiving of the results.”

Councillors will discuss the application during a planning meeting on May 31.

The recommendation is conditional permission.

To view and comment on the plans, use planning portal reference: PL/21/4723/FA.