Shared site ruled out for Cromer Crematorium and Aylmerton woodland burial ground
07:00 03 April 2014
Hopes that the proposed Cromer crematorium could share a site and access with the Aylmerton woodland burial ground have been dashed.
Hundreds of objections have been received for the £3m crematorium proposal, on land behind Cromer cemetery on Holt Road. The plan could be discussed by district councillors on April 17.
Concerns include the impact on the Cromer Ridge - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) - and an increase in traffic on the A148.
The AONB Action group idea was discussed - but not agreed on - by representatives from crematorium developers Westerleigh Group, David Oliver who has conditional planning approval for the 55-acre woodland burial ground, Cromer Town Council, Highways officers and North Norfolk District Council planning officers.
AONB Action spokesman William Macadam, from East Runton, said: “We are not against the crematorium. We are against the thoughtless siting of it and the ramifications it would cause.”
Access to the development would be through the existing cemetery gate.
The action group wants the crematorium to share the 55-acre woodland burial site; both developments to share an access off the A148; and two mini roundabouts to be built on the A148.
Mr Oliver said: “Everybody agreed that the two developments did not match in terms of ethos. You cannot have a crematorium and a woodland burial ground together. They are at both ends of the ecological spectrum. I’m happy to co-operate with Westerleigh on certain areas but don’t want share the site. I’m not prepared to have my land used that way and neither is Westerleigh.”
When built the woodland burial ground would be accessed from Tower Road, Aylmerton.
Construction could start this Autumn if a woodland management plan, tree survey and heritage statement were approved by the district council.
Cromer Town Council supports the crematorium application and the meeting to discuss the possibility of sharing sites was at the district council headquarters.