A crematorium will be built in Swanwick despite more than 500 letters of objection against Memoria Ltd’s 7.2 acre plans.
Planning inspector Harold Stephens has upheld the appeal by the Sheffield firm for a single storey crematorium, 37 space car park, a garden of remembrance and a ‘woodland’ burial area on land east of Derby Road, in the village.
It was originally turned down By Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning board in November - because councillors said the borough was adequately served by crematoria at Derby and Mansfield and that the development did not warrant the loss of green fields.
But inspector Mr Stephens ruled that the overall number of people the new site, which will include a chapel area, would serve “would be very substantial.”
He said the council had not accounted for residents outside of Amber Valley, who would fall within a 30 minute drive of the new scheme. In his conclusion he said: “The proposal would meet an identified need, which in turn would lead to more sustainable
travel patterns. I conclude that the appeal should be allowed.”
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