Co-op buy-out is unlikely to halt crematorium bid

An artist's impression of what the crematorium site could look like
An artist's impression of what the crematorium site could look like

Controversial plans for a crematorium and woodland burial site at Great Glen could still go ahead despite the £249m takeover of the Co-operative Group’s farm business by the Wellcome Trust.

The Mail understands that the site for the planned crematorium, between the village of Great Glen and Stoneygate School, was not included in the huge takeover.

A spokesman at the Co-operative said: “Because the crematorium site isn’t part of the sale, the plans remain the same.”

But Great Glen’s county councillor Dr Kevin Feltham said he was still hopeful that the crematorium scheme might fail.

“Work has already started on a similar crematorium plan at Countesthorpe, which is only about six miles away,” he explained.

“So even though the Co-op has retained the land earmarked for the crematorium, there’s a question mark over whether it now makes commercial sense to go ahead at Great Glen.”

The Co-operative Group won a planning appeal in May to build a crematorium, woodland burial site and memorial gardens in Great Glen.

The decision from Government-appointed planning inspector Paul Crysell over-ruled Harborough District Council’s planning committee’s refusal last December.

“But I still think it might not happen,” insisted Cllr Feltham.

“Apart from commercial concerns, the signatures on the petition against it are now 300-odd and rising, and children from Stoneygate school are writing protest letters.”