Crawley Borough Council is looking at alternative sites for a cemetery - including outside the borough - following a heated campaign by residents opposed to the use of Ewhurst Playing fields.
The council will continue to explore the possibility of using Ewhurst and will dicuss the results of a ground survey with the Environment Agency.
The survey - to find out whether the ground was suitable for burials - included an assessment of the water table.
Sport England has now given its initial feedback to using the playing fields as a cemetery and has asked council officers for more evidence to support the proposed change of use.
A council spokesman said: “The council is continuing to discuss the proposal with Sport England and the Environment Agency but will also be assessing other sites suggested by residents during the Local Plan consultation, including proposed sites outside of the borough.
“In the meantime, officers are investigating further options to increase the capacity of Snell Hatch Cemetery.”
Cllr Ken Trussell, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “It has been extremely challenging trying to find a suitable site for a new cemetery, and in reality no perfect site exists.
“We’ve had lots of feedback from residents, including 1,300 responses to the cemetery element of the Local Plan consultation and a large petition at Full Council against building a cemetery at Ewhurst Playing Fields.
“We need to take stock of this feedback, along with statutory bodies like Sport England and the Environment Agency, before making any further decisions.”
Once the council has received all of the required feedback, a report will go to Cabinet in November with a recommendation for a way to provide more cemetery capacity for Crawley.