Slow-moving cortege threatens countryside crematorium

Due to the adverse impact of slow-moving corteges to a planned crematorium within the Leicestershire countryside an inspector has decided that other sites, possibly within urban fringe locations, might be more suitable.

200-003-032 (Image Credit: Blaby DC)
200-003-032 (Image Credit: Blaby DC)

The site occupied part of a rolling farming landscape and it would introduce a complex of buildings which, although designed to a high standard, did not reflect the character of local farmsteads, the inspector decided. It would appear as an alien group of buildings, out of character in a traditional farming landscape, which would not be totally screened or assimilated.

In addition, the scheme would increase the use of a local highway by 550 vehicles per day, a 10 per cent increase which the inspector held was not ‘insignificant’. Other road users would be faced with slow-moving corteges over the brow of a hill which might lead to tail end collisions. Since the site did not have access by public transport and was not within easy walking distance the majority of trips would be by car. In his opinion an open countryside location was not essential and other sites, possibly within the fringes of larger urban areas, might be available. Although the county council considered the appeal site to be the preferred location for a crematorium and had invited the appellant to tender for such a scheme, it was a mystery how it came to such a conclusion given the highway and sustainability issues involved. In his view, it spoke volumes about the lack of co-ordinated decision-making in the county council since one of its own highway officers had attended the hearing to object to the scheme.

Inspector: Mel Middleton; Hearing

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