October 20 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Hundreds of objections have been made about the controversial application for a crematorium on the outskirts of Cromer.
More than 450 people as well as the National Trust have expressed their opposition to the plan, which is supported by Cromer Town Council.
If approved by North Norfolk District Council, it would be built to the north of Cromer Cemetery on Holt Road. It is not known when the development committee will discuss the application.
The National Trust raised concerns the development would be built on the Cromer Ridge - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
It said: “While it is appreciated the crematorium facility may be much needed it is likely that there are other more suitable sites.
“We are also mindful that the proposed crematorium is likely to generate additional traffic movements at the junction of the A148 and B1436.”
A plea has been made by local group AONB Action to protect tourism by combining up the crematorium with another scheme nearby, for a 55-acre woodland burial site at Aylmerton which has already received conditional planning approval.
Cromer mayor David Pritchard has said moving the crematorium from its planned site on town council land into neighbouring Aylmerton would mean a loss of income for the resort.