Decision about Cromer crematorium is deferred to allow further discussions with neighbouring woodland burial site
18:25 15 May 2014
The decision about a crematorium in Cromer was deferred today after it was decided the application should be considered at the same time as a neighbouring woodland burial site.
A further meeting has been arranged between the developer Westerleigh and David Oliver, the owner of a proposed woodland burial site in Aylmerton.
If North Norfolk District councillors eventually agree to approve the plans, a crematorium with a 90-seat chapel would be built on a site to the north of Cromer Cemetery on Holt Road.
The 1.71 hectare development is aimed to prevent friends and relatives from being forced to travel to Norwich to cremate their loved ones.
It will be built by developers Westerleigh, who design and operate crematoriums across the country.
But more than 460 people as well as the National Trust have objected to the proposal, primarily due to its location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Since the development committee meeting on April 17, the developer Westerleigh had agreed to offer £4,000 towards a new roundabout to ease traffic. The plans had also moved the building seven metres west to provide more space for trees.