The Co-operative Group submitted its final proposals to Harborough Council on Tuesday for a woodland burial site, cemetery and crematorium, on farmland it owns off London Road, south of Great Glen.
The Co-op says there is a need for additional crematoria and burial facilities in the south of the county, identified by Harborough Council and Leicestershire County Council.
But the move has proved to be highly contentious with residents who have protested against the plan.
They have raised fears about increased traffic and over fumes from the crematorium affecting the nearby Stoneygate School and homes.
Kate McClean, planning manager for Co-operative Estates, said: “We have now had a number of opportunities to gather the views of the local community, the nearby Stoneygate School and the local planning authority, and these views – as well as conclusions drawn from several technical studies – have guided our amendments to the planning application proposals.”
Some of the changes it has made since public consultations were held include moving the car park further west of the school and creating two new bunds or barriers.
It has also introduced additional screening between the development and the school playing fields and has altered its designs for the crematorium itself, “softening some of the lines of the building to improve its appearance,” the Co-op says.
The organisation added: “Our studies show that traffic is not expected to exceed an average of 60 vehicles per day, the majority of which will be between 9.30am and 4.30pm on weekdays.
“Currently, the closest existing crematoria are located in Leicester, Kettering, Nuneaton, Coventry, Peterborough and Northampton, and as such people have to travel great distances to the nearest site. A full transport assessment will be submitted to support the planning application which has been prepared utilising feedback from Leicestershire County’s highways department.
“Our vision is to create a modern, sustainable burial and crematorium facility for the whole community in a landscaped, natural setting, with an adjacent cemetery area providing more traditional burial facilities.”
Kevin Feltham, a county councillor for Great Glen, said the parish council had been promised a look at the planning application this week but had not received it.
But he said he did not see how the main objections, such as the proximity to the school and traffic concerns, could be overcome.
“Co-op are trying to find something to do with the land but this isn’t it,” he added.
For more information about the plan, visit www.stoughtonestate.co.uk.