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Decision on controversial crematorium delayed

PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:32 16 October 2019

Dignity Funeral Directors lodged plans with Breckland Council to build a crematorium on land adjacent to Brandon Road, in Weeting. Photo: Google Maps

Dignity Funeral Directors lodged plans with Breckland Council to build a crematorium on land adjacent to Brandon Road, in Weeting. Photo: Google Maps

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A decision on plans to build a controversial crematorium on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk has been delayed.

Dignity Funeral Directors lodged plans with Breckland Council to build a crematorium on land adjacent to Brandon Road, in Weeting.

Breckland Council said the application was originally due to go before its committee on October 28, but the planning department has requested further information before the process will continue.

Despite concerns about the build, Dignity has said the new facilities are "much-needed" and would be closer for 110,000 mourners than the existing crematorium in Bury St Edmunds.

But people in Weeting appear to disagree, with 68 people objecting to the plan on Breckland's website.

Dignity Funeral Directors lodged plans with Breckland Council to build a crematorium on land adjacent to Brandon Road, in Weeting. Photo: Dignity Funeral DirectorsDignity Funeral Directors lodged plans with Breckland Council to build a crematorium on land adjacent to Brandon Road, in Weeting. Photo: Dignity Funeral Directors

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Mike Nairn, chairman of Weeting Parish Council, said: "The overall feeling we got from the feedback was no, the people of Weeting do not want a crematorium on their doorsteps.

"I think personally it's in the wrong location and not well served in terms of access, and I don't believe they have established a need. It does not serve the local community."

The proposed site is close to land where another controversial application has been made for 450 new homes.

Stuart Cox, corporate communications manager for Dignity, said: "We are continuing to engage with various stakeholders to ensure that their input is considered as part of our planning application. We will provide a superior client service and visitor experience for mourners with services at hourly intervals to give mourners time to pay a respectful farewell.

"With regards to the proposal for 450 homes, this is on neighbouring land. We couldn't develop a crematorium close to existing domestic dwellings but houses can be built close to a crematorium. As both developments do not currently exist an awareness of both projects means that both could proceed if planning permission is granted."

One objector from Weeting, commenting on Breckland's planning website, said: "Crematoriums are usually built in isolated areas and nowhere near homes, schools or businesses etc. I am concerned about the risk of pollution and the affect on people's health as the crematorium is within a village."

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