Co-op appeals decision to refuse Great Glen crematorium plans

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Controversial plans for a crematorium at Great Glen are back on the agenda after The Co-operative group appealed a decision to refuse planning permission.

Residents cheered and applauded at a planning meeting in December when Harborough District Council’s planning committee threw out the plans for the woodland burial site, cemetery and crematorium on land south of Great Glen.

They raised major concerns over traffic, emmissions from the incinerator which would have been housed in the crematorium, the look of the building, and the potential emotional impact on pupils.

Some described it as an industrial development of the countryside while others feared it would return to Great Glen the traffic levels seen before the construction of the bypass ten years ago.

But in a statement today, The Co-operative Group confirmed it would be appealing the council’s decision.

A spokesperson for The Co-operative Group said: “It is our intention to appeal against the council’s decision not to grant planning permission for our proposals for a woodland burial site, cemetery and crematorium on land south of Great Glen.

“This development responds to Harborough District Council’s Local Plan, which has identified the need for burial sites within the district, and the need to provide additional crematoria and burial facilities across Leicestershire has been recognised as an important issue by Leicestershire County Council and the surrounding district councils.

“It is our continued belief that this is the right site for a modern, sustainable burial and crematorium facility, and that its construction would be enormously beneficial to residents throughout South Leicestershire.”

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