Decision tomorrow on crematorium plan

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THE future of a proposed crematorium in Surfleet will be decided by South Holland’s councillors tomorrow.

The district council’s planning committee will be asked to scrutinise the plans for land off Gosberton Road, which have divided opinion among nearby residents.

South Lincolnshire Crematorium Ltd hope to build a chapel and crematory with a memorial garden and wildflower meadow. A car park with 56 spaces is also included in the scheme.

South Holland District Council’s planning officers are recommending the plans be given the go-ahead.

A report on the plans says: “The delivery of a crematorium facility within the district is welcomed in that it will enhance the access to services and reduce travel to access such facilities.

“It is recognised that the site lies outside a defined settlement limit within the countryside.

“However, the constraints of such development require certain criteria to be met and this can only be satisfied in such a location.

“The design of the building is acceptable and relatively modest in scale, and together with the proposed landscaping, memorial garden and wildflower meadow would result in an acceptable development for which there is a need.”

Support for the proposals was also put forward in 14 representations to the council, with some claiming it would reduce journey times and benefit local businesses.

However, a number of objections have been put forward for councillors to consider.

Surfleet Parish Council has claimed the development is in the wrong place and there was a “significant” lack of public consultation.

The comments from the council also say the proposal conflicts with the Surfleet village plan and seek reassurance over how any potential emissions will be monitored.

Gosberton Parish Council said its councillors had no objection in principle but thought there could be a better location for the facility.

Location was also raised as a concern in a petition signed by 64 people and sent to South Holland District Council.