Developer appeals council crematorium refusal

Developers have lodged an appeal against North Kesteven District Council’s refusal of a new crematorium.

South Lincolnshire Estates submitted plans with Lincolnshire Co-op for a new facility on land west of Haddington Lane, near Thurlby.

The firm claimed the new crematorium would help with a lack of capacity at a facility in Lincoln.

However, councillors in North Kesteven rejected the proposal and said it was “not in an acceptable location” and “would create issues”.

Now, South Lincolnshire Estates has submitted an appeal to the government’s planning inspectorate with a hearing date set for December 3.

The proposed crematorium site in Thurlby.

Andy Bowser, director of applicant South Lincolnshire Estates, said in March that the facility was needed. 

He said 10 other sites had been considered, and argued that a site closer to Sleaford would not be viable.

But, planning committee chairman Councillor Patricia Woodman said: “It is the wrong building on the wrong site. None of us would be allowed to build a country house in that field.”

City of Lincoln Council objected to the proposal, and denied there was a lack of capacity at its facility.

The Lincoln facility, on Washingborough Road, underwent a refurbishment in 2018, which improved the seating capacity and size of the building, along with creating a new entrance and offices.

Simon Walters, from the City of Lincoln Council, said the facility had the potential for future expansion.

Earlier this year, further multi-million plans were approved by City of Lincoln council’s leadership including new cladding, grounds, a book of remembrance, parking and a new rose garden.

Earlier this year, further multi-million pound plans were approved by City of Lincoln Council, including new cladding, grounds, a book of remembrance, parking and a new rose garden.


SUBSCRIBE TO LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEKLY, our exclusive email newsletter with highlights from our coverage every week and insights and analysis from our local democracy reporters.