East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee has approved planning permission to build a new crematorium to be called “Lelley Fields” in Holderness.
The proposals for the new facility, off Lelley Road, near Preston, were considered by the committee at its meeting yesterday (Thursday, 25 February) and is the latest milestone in the project after the business case was approved by the council’s cabinet earlier in the month.
In a media release, the council says: “The development will offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones, with planned features including a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration.”
Councillor Richard Burton, leader of the council, said: “I am delighted that the planning committee has supported this proposal. It is a much-needed facility which will reduce the amount of distance and time residents of Holderness need to travel and will provide the opportunity for their loved ones to be laid to rest closer to where they live.”
Preston traffic problems featured prominently during the meeting, having been raised by local Ward Councillor John Dennis and objector David Isles prior to the debate. In his personal concluding remarks to the planning meeting, the meeting chair, Councillor David Tucker, although supporting the crematorium, expressed his ‘huge empathy’ with local residents and South West Holderness ward councillors: “They have lines of planning applications in front of them and face horrendous problems with traffic through Preston. Now is the time for the authority to sit down with ward members and the local plan and do an emergency traffic review because those problems won’t get better, they’ll only get worse.”
Traffic campaigners in Preston were left bemused by the decision; one responded to the idea of an urgent traffic review with the quip: “But when? Knowing the council, we could all be clients of the new crematorium before that happens!”
Further details of the project can be found at bereavementservices.eastriding.gov.uk