Cromer crematorium deal set to agreed

An artist's impression of the proposed Cromer crematorium

An artist's impression of the proposed Cromer crematorium - Credit: Archant

A special meeting tomorrow could herald the end of opposition to a controversial crematorium plan, and help fund a new roundabout.

The proposed £3m Cromer crematorium has been on hold after a campaign group launched a High Court appeal in September against the decision to grant it planning permission.

Now the deadlock could be broken following an agreement between the campaigning AONB Action Group and Bristol-based crematorium developers Westerleigh Group.

Cromer Town Council, which owns the crematorium site north of Cromer cemetery, is set to consider proposals during tomorrow's meeting.

The potential deal, including a £21,500 contribution by the developer towards a long-awaited roundabout at the Felbrigg turn on the A148 Holt Road, would result in the action group dropping its legal challenge.

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However, other changes campaigners wish to see - an embankment screening the crematorium and separate exit routes from the crematorium and cemetery on to Davey Hill - hinge on support from the town council.

Westerleigh development director Adrian Britton said: 'We have agreed a number of things that the action group wanted, but there are one or two points beyond our control and we are waiting to see if town council will support them.'

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The owner of a neighbouring commercial woodland has also agreed to donate a strip of land to provide a tree belt around the cemetery.

The application for the crematorium was unanimously refused by North Norfolk District Council's development committee in June last year, but approved on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

Action group co-ordinator William Macadam described the proposed changes as 'dramatically improving the long-term quality of the project'.

He said: 'These changes represent the final pieces of an agreement which should – if agreed – allow the project to proceed without the protracted legal delays involved in an appeal.'

? The meeting, which is open to the public, is in the council chamber, North Lodge, at 1,30pm.

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