Lincoln’s 50-year-old crematorium will undergo a refurbishment, including building a second chapel, in an effort to breathe new life into the service.
City of Lincoln councillors last night approved the plans which will see the Washingborough Road facility “become more welcoming”.
As part of the plan, the building will be cladded on the outside and surrounded by “pleasant, calming” grounds.
A book of remembrance area, 81 car parking spaces and a new rose garden are included in the proposals to create a place of quiet reflection to remember loved ones.
Meanwhile, further plans will see a new chapel built on the site to the east of the existing crematorium.
The council said the second building will cater for up to 50 people and have its own cremator.
It added that Lincolnshire limestone would be used to clad the main area of the crematorium and the collonade at the book of remembrance.
Officials at the authority described the proposal as “high quality for an important civic building in the city”.
Councillors on the authority’s planning committee welcomed the plans and said that the refurbishment to the crematorium was “long needed”.
Councillor Chris Burke said: “I fully support the proposal and I do quite like the idea that this will be a more intimate setting.”
Meanwhile, Councillor Rebecca Longbottom said she welcomed the improvements to the historic facility.
“I really approve the plans that have been put in front of us and I like the use of all the local materials,” she said.
“I particularly like the fact that there is more space for people after a service.”
Council leader, Ric Metcalfe, previously described the proposal as an “investment that’s money very well spent” and would raise the quality and standard of the crematorium.
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