Plans for a new crematorium in Gretton are approved
Plans for a new crematorium have been given the go-ahead despite concerns from village residents.
Corby Borough Council discussed the application by Dignity Funerals to build the facility just over 1km south of Gretton, off Corby Road, at a meeting tonight Tuesday (March 16).
Gretton Parish Council had objected to the application and Coun Tim Fox, from the parish council, spoke at the meeting laying out the "significant concerns" the council had about the impact on traffic through the village and flooding.
Resident Lee Forster also said that in 2019, Kettering Crematorium, which has a capacity to run between 2,500 and 2,700 cremations a year, ran 1,797 in 2019.
He added: "It seems like we're putting this here to deal with Rutland and Peterborough."
Ahead of the meeting, Corby Borough Council also received 36 letters of objection to the plans from residents saying it was an "unsuitable location".
But after nearly an hour of debating, the council narrowly approved the application with five voting in favour of it and four against.
Among those with concerns were Coun David Sims and Coun Anthony Dady, who said that there was a need for a crematorium, but questioned whether it was the right location. Coun Sims said building the crematorium on the land, currently farmland, would have an impact on the countryside.
But planning officers, who had recommended the application be approved, said a range of 19 conditions being attached to the approval addressed the concerns.
Dignity Funerals, which already runs 46 similar sites across the country, plans to build a crematorium, 120-seat chapel, memorial gardens and a linear pool. The company says that there is an established local need to a crematorium as people currently have to travel to Kettering and that people from Rutland would also use the facility.
Ahead of submitting its plans, Dignity Funerals ran a public consultation exercise on the plans.