Crematorium bid hearing to start

Protesters against the proposed Swanwick crematorium site.
Protesters against the proposed Swanwick crematorium site.

More than 600 letters of objection have been received by Amber Valley Borough Council prior to the start of an appeal hearing into Swanwick crematorium plans.

Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning board turned down the bid by Memoria Ltd for a 7.6 acre site between Sleetmoor Lane and the Thornton’s factory in Somercotes in November, on the grounds that it would not be suitable for the area.

Memoria said the Swanwick location was chosen because of its road links and peaceful surroundings.

The company appealed in February - and on Tuesday, June 4, a three day hearing will commence at Ripley Town Hall - where the Planning Inspectorate will determine whether the plans get the green light.

However protestors say they will fight the plans.

John Briggs of Swanwick Resident’s Association, said: “We have campaigned for 18 months to prevent the crematorium going ahead and now the final outcome will be decided by a single Planning Inspector. We believe we have a very strong case to prevent development on protected land and we will do all we can during the appeal hearing to uphold the decision made by the planning board.”

If it gets the go-ahead the crematorium would hold about 1,300 services every year, which some objectors claim would create difficulty for fire engines leaving Alfreton Fire Station nearby.

Anyone wishing to attend the appeal must register before the hearing with Claire Birch at Amber Valley Borough Council, via email to claire.birch@ambervalley.gov.uk.