Crematorium could soon be built in town

Clive Bevan is objecting to the crematorium plans
Clive Bevan is objecting to the crematorium plans

A new crematorium could soon be built in Wellingborough after outline planning permission was granted for the proposed facility.

Wellingborough Council’s planning committee have agreed that plans for a new crematorium and woodland burial site on agricultural land east of Doddington Road should go forward to the next stage of the planning process.

Andy Marshall, from Mercia Crematorium Developments, told the committee the development would “ease pressure on the facilities in Kettering”.

But some residents of Millers Park attended the meeting to oppose the scheme.

Concerns about how close the crematorium would be to their homes were raised.

Clive Bevan said also said he was against it for environmental reasons, warning under ground water courses could affect burials.

Mr Bevan also highlighted traffic issues.

Kettering Council, which runs Kettering Crematorium, has also objected.

A report to the planning committee states: “Kettering Crematorium could within its current operations handle a significantly increased demand for cremations within its current capacity, which would be well within the projected growth rates of the area it serves.”

Committee members agreed by six votes to two to agree the outline planning permission, despite some members calling for a delay in order to make a site visit first.

But, Cllr Malcolm Waters said: “You can site view all you like, all you are doing is slowing down the application.

“I want to see this happen, and I want it to be the best crematorium this county has.

“We can work on the details at the next stage. It’s what Wellingborough needs and it’s a good planning application.”