Consultation on burial site plans

Great Glen crematorium plans unveiled
Great Glen crematorium plans unveiled

A map detailing plans for a crematorium and woodland burial site was revealed this week as part of a consultation over the proposals.

The Co-operative Group wants to build the facility on the Stoughton Farm Estate, about one-and-a-half miles south of Great Glen off London Road.

The site attracted controversy in 2007 and 2008 when the Co-op pushed for a 15,000-home eco town to be built there.

An exhibition showing how the site would look was held in Great Glen Village Hall this week for the public consultation. The plan, says the Co-op, is a response to the need for more burial plots in south Leicestershire.

Teresa Cook, planning manager for the Co-op Group, said: “Whilst our plans are far from finalised, we wanted to share them with residents and gather their views around our current thinking before we take the proposals further.

“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 facilities.

“A modern crematorium would be set to the north of the site, whilst ecological enhancements will attract more native wildlife to the area.

“All of which would be designed and built to a sustainable low-carbon design.”

The plan is being opposed by some villagers in Great Glen and Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier who have raising concerns over increased traffic. The Co-op says an average of 60 vehicles would access the facility each day, based on experience at similar sites elsewhere.